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Look Mom, I’m the Dumest One in My Clas!: One Boy’s Dyslexic Journey Kindle Edition
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The author is brutally honest about his experiences with his schooling (I believe it might have been a charter school?). And is honest about the bullying by his teacher at the school. It is heartbreaking but unfortunately happens often. He also speaks of his brief experience in a public school and inability to receive assistance which also happens all too frequently. He then goes on to speak of the extensive lengths his family has gone for him to attend an alternate school which can accommodate his learning style.
After reading this, I feel almost fortunate that our schools were too ignorant to accommodate my son's food allergy and we were forced to homeschool him starting in preschool. We were able to identify and diagnose his dyslexia and adhd early. We are using the correct curricula for him. He has several peers in his homeschool group which have left different schools because of similar situations as mentioned in this book.
This book may be the eye opener some need. It may be the encouragement others need. Or it may be full of recommendations that someone else needs. Either way, it is worth it to pick up.
***Review Update: After looking up the links about the court case involving the school and the teacher bullying incident / unwillingness of the school to accommodate the author's dyslexia and attention deficits, I am noting that the school was a private school and not a charter school as I had assumed. As an Occupational Therapist, I will say that unless a school is one which is known to specialize in such endeavors, I have generally not heard of anything favorable about private schools and accommodating those with any type of disability. I commend this family for attempting to get the federal courts to uphold the standards. Personally, I would hope someone would try with a non religious entity as I could see that possibly having a degree of success (the school in this instance was a religious affiliated school).
My son has ADHD, I'm guilty of being one of the mothers to call my son lazy and think to myself, he is smart but not trying hard enough. When all the while he just didn't get the way they are teaching him in school. It's nice to see I'm not alone and it was nice for my son to connect with this Author through his story.
His journey through school and through the progression of his disorders is followed and detailed beautifully. I would unquestionably recommend this to anyone- it's a motivational story filled with honesty and individual experience.
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I recommend it for the entire family.