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Learning Disabilities

A Note to Teachers & Students...

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A Note to Teachers & Students...

It's nearing back-to-school time, and while I love teachers, I don't love ALL teachers. I love the good ones, which are few and far between. This time of year always has me reflecting on my academic learning experience, and so much of it was bad. 

As a person who was once in Special Ed, and has two diagnosed learning disabilities, school was never easy for me. I had to work twice as hard as other students. Always. I had to study twice as hard, and I still rarely received an 'A.' I had teachers tell me I was "stupid" (seriously), and that I was "different" (always like that's a bad thing), among other various things an adult (or really anyone) should never say to a living, breathing, heart-containing person.

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10 Random Facts About Me

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10 Random Facts About Me

1. My mom took me to my first gay pride march in Madison in the early 90s. The next day, in preschool, I apparently led my peers around marching and chanting, "2-4-6-8, how do you know your kid is straight?!"

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(Mindful) Power Flow

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(Mindful) Power Flow

Two learning disabilities. One anxiety disorder. Wearing a skirt over jeans in middle school. Looking like no other white girl you've seen (or so I've been told). All my life, I have deviated from the norm, whether intentionally or not, so naturally, my version of a Power Flow class fits into this as well.

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Problematic Train Advert

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Problematic Train Advert

Since I recently moved, I've been riding the train a lot more than I ever have before. This has provided me with various smiles, oddities, and annoyances. One particular annoyance is a specific advertisement that I see often, and continue to be frustrated by. The add says, in bold font, "Help Us Solve the Mystery Behind Learning Disabilities." Now, maybe the organization is a good one, and it helps people, etc, but I really can't stand the wording of this statement. I have a learning disability, which I've written about before on Girldrive, and let me just say, it's not a mystery--people just learn differently! It's a normal occurrence!

I don't understand this whole, "Ugh, learning disabilities are so odd, and we don't know what they are" shit. Just because most of us have trouble learning from a McGraw-Hill textbook, doesn't mean we're stupid, or "mysterious."

The problem is not learning disabilities--the problem is the one-size-fits-all method to which learning is usually done.

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