UnREAL Education is finally complete! It has been a 3-1/2 year labor of love. I hope it is helpful to many. A portion of the proceeds of the book sales will be donated to Everyone Reading, NY and the International Dyslexic Association. Below is an excerpt.
It was a beautiful summer day in July. School had been out for about two weeks. I made myself a cup of iced coffee, gathered Blake’s “paper”, and proceeded to sit outside on my front porch to read. I made my son a promise and I was determined to find some answers.
I began to read the 2nd grade evaluation. Within minutes, yes, minutes, my heart started racing. I broke out into a sweat. The wave of emotion was so strong and unexpected. I did not know if I should scream or cry. I did both. There was this one phrase that jumped off the page. Words I had never heard before as it related to Blake. Words that, in four years, could possibly have answered some questions.
Anger was the next emotion to kick in and did so in a big way. All of a sudden everything seemed to make sense.
What do I do with this information? My faith and trust in the “system” was now unbelievably broken. Was this neglect or just plain incompetence? The questions were flowing fast and furious. What started, I thought, as a simple reading activity was now turning into my own personal research project.
I needed answers and explanations. I needed to go back to square one. I needed to see what worked for Blake and what didn’t. I needed to question everything we had been told and re-evaluate the label of “Learning Disabled”.