While the artwork is the star, the quotes and teachers’ notes are all very familiar.
I’m not a parent, so I don’t have personal experience in that arena, but the quotes from parents in the above video mesh depressingly well with what I’ve heard from other parents when they advocated for their children. As an adult, I’ve heard similar things when advocating for myself, or even standing up for others who were being treated unfairly.
Those notes from the teacher, though? I remember those vividly. They always brought the twin sensations of gravel in my stomach and a boulder on my chest. No matter how hard I worked, I just couldn’t escape them.
I’m sure they’re no fun to write for the teacher, either. Teaching is a hard job, though I’m sure it has its rewards, and those who do it must struggle with this issue to varying degrees, too.
The video itself does a wonderful job of contrasting the struggle parents, teachers and students face with the amazing, all too often under-appreciated, gifts that come with dyslexia.
I hope this talented young woman continues to nurture her artistic talents. Her presence already brightens the world, and her gifts will only continue to do so.