Like so much of what happens to us during childhood, it is responsible and
loving parents that make the difference. I wasn't diagnosed with Dyslexia
until my sophomore year of college. All through high school well intentioned
but, un-enlightened teachers and counselors told me to forget my dreams and
settle for something attainable. One career test indicated
"Roustabout". Still don't know what that is. Anyway, my parents,
a couple of enlightened educators, and some scout leaders continued to encourage
me to go for broke.It wasn't easy. I had to pick up a lot of
high school material as I matriculated through college. I was blessed at every
turn. It took an extra year but, I got through with a solid GPA and with
significant scholarships for all but three semesters. I don't care if the
dream is digging ditches, flying jet fighters, performing surgery, or making
fine musical instruments. If, you want it bad enough, you will do what it
takes. And if you are really blessed, you will have family, friends, and
mentors along the way to encourage you to keep up the fight.
Thanks for sharing this life experience Jason. It will, hopefully, be a source
of inspiration for two of our nephews who have been struggling with school.
Wow! What a powerful story. Thank you for sharing! The lessons you learned can
be applied to all of us who meet challenges, setbacks, and want to give up. One
would never suspect from your successful life that you met such a life-changing
event as a young man. Each of us probably has a "turning
point" or two in our lives that define who we actually are. Yours certainly
had impact on me. You have the gift of writing and self discovery. Thanks again!
What a wonderful example of a child who felt like a failure, and couldn't
write well, who became one of my favorite authors.AMAZING!
How is it that teacher picked teaching children as a profession when they had
such a mean spirited attitude? To announce in front of all the class needlessly
that one student was being held back is cruel. It gets all the kids speculating
and the person who is the recipient of the bad news becomes the object of
derision not to mention a stressed out wreck. Sadly my children, my spouse and
some siblings have been on the receiving end of the actions of thoughtless and
sometimes cruel teachers. I am aware not all are like that. My grandparents were
elementary school teachers for 40 years apiece and were both honored for their
dedication. But the object of Wright's story is the effect parents and
families can have in helping kids turn things around through love and support.
Not every kid is successful in the academic world. It's not for everyone,
but as parents we can help our children find their talents and strengths and
help them develop. It certainly makes the child feel good about himself that
they can accomplish something and have something that sets them apart or that
they can be successful doing. Great story!
Thank you for the story. This teacher was out of line announcing before the
class that someone would be retained. I see another story behind all of this.
We often criticize teachers (and maybe this was one of those) but many of
educations ills can be traced directly to non caring parents. It is an
unsolvable problem. You can see it at parent teacher conferences when you see
parents who come to hear how well their child is doing. Too many who need to
come never do. A loving, caring parent can do wonders for a struggling child,
Again thanks for the story
Been their done that Good story bad memories. Belief , has a power. I'm
glad that my parents believed in me all the do overs prepared me for marriage
with my wife. I'm sue to redoing things over and over because I love to see
her smile. All tho some times I think that she wants to see my reaction when she
said it could be better if we do it over again.
I need to redo what I wrote. So I'm trying again. I guess what I meant to
say is. It's nice when someone believes in you. Or keep trying. and believe
in yourself. And if this didn't work I'll try it another way. but
never give up. I'll think about it, I'm sure it will come to me.
Amen. That's what this life is about. Making mistakes and
overcoming them, with help from Jesus.