Yesterday BBC Three repeated the brilliant programme by Kara Tointon called ‘Don’t Call Me Stupid’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vy8c7 which I blogged about before throughout November and December (see previous blogs). But I wanted to bring attention again to all the stories and comments people have left about their own experiences of dyslexia, mostly here: https://rossmountney.wordpress.com/2010/11/12/dont-call-me-stupid/#comments and some on the other entries too. There are stories of struggle and neglect, but also such heart warming attempts to overcome the difficulties that dyslexia presents.
I’m afraid I haven’t had time to reply to them all personally but wanted you all to know how much I appreciate the time taken to comment and add your support for others. There is clearly a need to continue to raise awareness and find approaches in schools that prevent the kind of harm being done to children that is described here.
Dyslexia was one of the reasons we, and other families like us, opted to home educate. But home education is not the national answer. Change to the education system is what we really need. Change in people’s bigoted attitudes towards those who don’t take to reading and writing. Change in teachers’ understanding. Change that will accommodate the needs and abilities of all children not just a select few who have no difficulty with print.
It is only by continual exposure and discussion that this will happen. By folks shouting out loud that current schooling neglects and sometimes destroys the educational potential of so many young people. By people talking instead of hanging their head with the shame they have been made to feel by others. Not being able to read is not a question of shame or a question of intelligence – it is simply a skill. Some people find the skill of drawing hard but we don’t call them stupid! Thanks be to people like Kara for bringing it out in the open and for her enlightening programme.
I do hope that everyone will keep talking and keep shouting for change.
Best wishes to you all!