The Education Wars Part VII
I was a school nurse for 16 yrs. I concluded the students shouldn't be labelled learning disabled. The teachers should become learning enablers; working with each child's gifts.
Mathew, you have successfully identified mechanisms and systems to overcome these obstacles and accomplish many important contributions. Thank you for sharing your struggles. My admiration has increased.
He has dyslexia too, the man who developed the world's first automated heart defibrillator unit (chief engineer at Physio at the time, with many patents), a friend of mine, he doesn't read or write very much, great difficulty.
Interesting story, he showed me the high voltage switch he invented for those units that was working over time without any errors. Regulators thought there was something wrong with the hardware internal auditing since all of the competing units out there had errors being reported on their switches in the field. Turned out it just always does the right thing.
You've been special to me throughout - your articles are a joy! If I wasn't so flat broke I would pay for your subscription ahead of any other.
Thanks, Matt. I have always had issues scanning for something. When I am told “go grab ___ in the supply room” both while working at a coffee shop as a teenager or now as a nurse, takes me FOREVER. I am a slow learner and reader, but I design habits and organize systems which make me faster in the long run. Like writing my grocery lists automatically on paper where they are located in the store like a map. I don’t have your other savant like compensatory skills, but I can relate! ☺️
What was the cult you escaped from? I hope that’s not too personal, I find your analysis and articles completely fascinating and intellectually superior to everyone else I follow (not a dig on anyone else). Thanks for all you do and those you work with. It’s so hard to believe that my fellow Americans are so deceived by all of this and it seems much more is on the way.
A lovely piece of explaining of so many things.
I don't have dyslexia and it takes me a minimum of 8 hours to properly read a scientific paper of fewer than ten pages. These things are complicated and require a detailed understanding.
Your work saves me a ton of time as you point to the problems in various articles and databases you cover and I can confirm them fairly rapidly when the data are available to me. When I don't have the source data, I trust your analyses.
Thank you for doing what you do.
Wow! I appreciate you even more now that I have a glimpse of your personal obstacle. It’s amazing you have served up to all of us perfectly plated “meals” on crisp white linen from that rather chaotic kitchen hidden behind the swinging door. Thank You Ever So Much!
I'm a really slow reader, too. I have not heard this being described as dyslexia. Although that word isn't common here (Germany) anyway, when thinking of a similar word we use that means the same, it's usually thought of as trouble with spelling.
Sometimes I read a sentence several times, or rather, parts of it, because as the unfolding of the meaning happens, I feel compelled to check back with some earlier part in the sentence (or paragraph) - whether I really got it. That's really annoying when writing a test, I often ran out of time at 80% or so, it improved a bit when starting to use ear plugs vs. the noises of all other students :D But if the prof said something important... oops.
It seems many people can just "inhale" passages of text and, with their idea of what it means, remain somewhat narrowly around what's there, take it as it is, accept it on its terms.
I can't do that, I tend to be wider "around" what's there (not to mention branching off into the jungle... Ok that always was a problem when listening, in class, too ...)
I need to somehow integrate into, or check with, a bigger picture of things, when taking in information, and I use "spacial" visual / structures / hierarchies of things thinking _a lot_ all the time, and that sort of thing is easily disrupted by outside information I didn't ask for, in the form of people talking or somtimes noise, invoking either other ideas in the head, or a spacial perception to involuntarily gauge what's going on in the surroundings (natural threat assessment?) competing with the mental images I need for a task.
I talked with some people about this concept... "verbal thinking". There seem to be people who are able (or confined?) to process things in a way where the verbal / logic processing mode is strongly "favored" (or involuntary biased to) way of perception and coming to conclusions - without, as I would say, actually "seeing what's going on"!? Lol. (that surely must invite errors such as equivocation). Although I wouldn't say I can't read when tired, as in decode words, building a picture in my mind from what the sentences say, is a lot more difficult, and also just retaining sub sections of a passage in memory to be readily available once the last important word was decoded to form an image that really fits the whole thing.
So I also am not good at live discussion of things either - the mere presence of others and an expectation of interaction kinda blocks more depth of thought, as I need to be "present" always. Kinda losing IQ points in any live discussion, argh ^^
EDIT: I also rarely look at faces when talking, which some find impolite, or some youtube body language quacks make something bad out of - but being forced to interpret visual cues from faces about their state of mind etc, is also in conflict with somewhat deeply thinking about a topic to be able to explain something.
When typing out something, I sometimes misspell words because my fingers lag behind my inner voice, which may already be at the beginning of a later word and a letter from that slips into the word I'm currently typing, lol!
I also noticed that the more experienced I become with English, my 2nd language, the more I tend to make mistakes some native speakers do, as I am farther removed from using textually memorized vocabulary, instead rather thinking in "English mode" entirely and hence spell out a phonetically matching word that has the wrong spelling. Kinda ironic. "get better to make more mistakes".
But honey, you're a national treasure anyway.
Matthew, you are amazing.
Thank you,so much ,Mathew,for this insight into You.
I'm old enough that the education and research system had yet to define what I have going on. I do know it's genetic, as my mom suffered worst than I do,and my son less than I do. Fading gene??
I read fast. What I often don't do is manually or vocally respond in proper order.
I recall sitting with senior English teacher,back in the Stone Age... my term paper in her hand ...and she must have known something wasn't right...
" What is this word?"
" spell it..."
" T H E" ( said vocally...it was apparently typed 'teh') as I looked at the word she was pointing to...I didn't see...
-2 for spelling, every time. She stopped at about the 12th one. I think she took pity and gave me a B.
Under stress or tiredness, I may speak backwards " That dog brown..."
Numbers are a visual nightmare. My math skills absolutely suck.
Having said all this? I definitely think differently,and my pattern recognition is incredible. Both lead me to perspectives others miss. It's been a gift,despite the learning curve.
Thank you,again. I too appreciate you - for all you are.
Mathew, I too am dyslexic and have a terrible time reading anything. I discovered that I had Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (Irlen Syndrome) 33 years ago when my highly intelligent first grade son (IQ 140) could not learn to read like his peers. My dyslexia is not vaccine related because I have several nephews who have this condition and have never had a single vaccine. For the past 32 years I have been screening children for this condition and have referred them to the professionals who have fitted them with the colored glasses that helped them function. I have advocated in student’s ARDs at school because the school system refuses to recognize this Syndrome. I finally went to a Party City Store and purchased a pair of glasses that distort your vision. I hand the glasses to the teacher to put on and ask the teacher to read a passage in a book. They declare that it is impossible to read the passage with the weird glasses. I then say “but that is what you are asking this child to do. You would never ask a polio crippled child, in a leg brace, to run a track race with able-bodied students because you can see the student’s physical disability. Yet, you ask a dyslexic child to read like any other student because you cannot see their disability.” What you have been able to accomplish is remarkable. Thank you for sharing your story.
For the blind echo-locators, wearing a very high frequency pinging device and headphones that translate the pings and echoes to human audio levels would allow blind people he "see" more like bats, and eliminate the need for the incessant mouth clicks. I'm sure this is being done.
Mathew, do you check your substack email? If not, can you email me how I can reach you? firstname.lastname@example.org.