This should be read after ‘Learning. Slowly. Very slowly. Part 1’.
After I posted that, I had a very interesting Facebook comment which has influenced some of what I have got to say now. (Thanks, HY.)
It made me remember that there are a large number of learning difficulties- or, perhaps better, learning differences. The comment mentioned dyslexia, ADD, ADHD and the autism spectrum; to which I could add dyscalcula, dyspraxia visual and auditory impairment, mobility difficulties and many more.
(I was also corrected by Mrs O. for saying that I was a slow learner. Sorry if that seemed flippant. It was just to point out that we all learn at different speeds.)
I now realise that I had made a blanket heading of “slow learning” which is not clearly defined. Specifically I had in mind our daughter and others like her, who would in this country be categorised as having “moderate to severe learning difficulties”.
I think this would be put differently in the USA. I also realise that a blanket heading is just that: a cover for many different groups. Everybody learns differently, but it’s not possible to discuss everybody individually.
It seems that I’ve got my finger on the pulse of modern life. I’d use the term zeitgeist, if I was sure I really knew what it meant. Because, just this week, a report came out (see Children with learning disabilities ‘failed by society’) which pointed out that children with learning difficulties “die 15-20 years earlier than other people due to poor housing, low incomes, social isolation and bullying”.
That’s enough for now. I’ll leave it for you to ponder.
Oh… wow…. I started a sentence with “because”. The shame.