I don’t usually blog about my personal life, but reading an article from Peter Hitchens on the Daily Mail online has urged me to share my story on Dyslexia. Before I start let me get something straight I’m not a massive fan of Peter Hitchens, some of his views on life are ridiculous, he once made a stupid article about Single mothers, which was very far from the truth. Anyway his views on Dyslexia today in the Daily Mail, I think personally he has spot on. I attended four schools in total, three of them private schools and I can honesty say when Peter has quoted that Dyslexia is just bad teaching I totally agree. Throughout my entire education I was made to feel thick, singled out as the ‘naughty kid’ the ‘joker’ yes I will admit I played on it, but not once did teachers that were being paid to teach me help me in anyway, they just threw me out of class. It’s not even a case of too many pupils to control; one school I attended had eighteen people in the entire year!
I attended the so called ‘dyslexia’ classes, which I missed a foreign language class to attend, made to wear silly coloured glasses and have this ditzy teacher drill into me that I was different from the rest of my class because I had this ‘disease’ can you imagine what that did to a thirteen year old ! I didn’t gain a qualification and in fact missed out on taking a language for GCSE as I hadn’t attended the classes.
I came out of school at sixteen with two GCSE’S above a ‘C’ grade, the rest were D’s, although my parents I’m sure were very disappointed at the time, I didn’t give up. My school gave me the option to reset the year which I kindly declined, instead I headed to my local secondary school took a GNVQ business studies class that I passed with the highest grade and which converted into four – grade A GCSES’S. Having then completed a two-year AVCE art and design course at the city college – I then again passed with flying colours. If it wasn’t for a personal family matter at the time I would of gone onto Uni.
Fast-forward ten years – I have written the entire content for a pregnancy app, which I now sell in the AppStore. Designed a second app, have a successful blog and brand, which has around 20k followers on social media platforms, and I’m also in the process of writing an e-book. My biggest achievement… I’m self-taught on all the above. Not bad for a thick kid with ‘Dyslexia’ hey… O and Peter if you’re reading this – I’m also a single Mum.
So this leads me to my conclusion, Yes I think to degree dyslexia exists, but I also think if some teachers did their job properly and recognised the difference of a child acting for attention and the child that actually needs extra help we would see a massive difference in our school system, and children like myself would be given the chance to shine instead of rebel.
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