Why do we call these Learning Disabilities?
Yes, we have come up with a medical term to define and declare that these are real challenges that students face everyday.
But challenges with what exactly?
These students are not in need of different minds. Yes, we can help kids overcome and to survive in our current educational environment, but the young mind is not at fault.
It is our method of education itself that needs to change. It is our materials, standardized testing, the learning environment that needs to change.
By conforming education and by forcing our teachers to only educate a small few using one method, we only will every reach a small few. In doing so we prevent kids from learning and achieving their full potential.
In addition, we most certainly are not teaching kids to value their strengths and passions in the arts, humanities, and athletics. We teach that success means achievement in math, science, and english. We teach that if you aren’t good at those, you are not smart.
The solution to help young minds develop is simple: do not conform them. Let them grow! Let them become inventors, innovators, creative solution finders in whatever the field they are passionate about.
We will find that natural curiosity for math, science, and english in a practical sense will develop on its own.
Even though we have come up with a medical term, we need to remind our kids constantly, that they are perfect just as they are, they just learn differently.
And as they should.
Note from SRP:
Here is to a world of thinking a little bit different. A world of imagination, innovation, encouragement, intelligence, and creativity! Let's get learning!