IMHO the school curriculum has not changed much in the years since I attended school, they are still teaching kids things that do not have a bearing in their life and that are forgot about the minute the bell goes :-(
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Hi Fitmom... it may well be this standardization is the problem, if one looks at what is happening in forward looking companies where there is much more emphasis on fun. IMHO standard school does not prepare one for a variable life..
I am dyslexic, speed reading and scanning to find key words was the only way I was able to keep up with the rest of the class. I will never need to use such precise writing in my job nor anything I will most likely do will need such precision.
Hi Kathryn, thanks, I was not thinking about a specific age range, after say 3 years one is able to read well then it would be time to be taught to read faster, comprehending & understanding being an integral part of this process.
What about the writers who intend their readers to enjoy the creativity of their words and sentences, like Charles Dickens? I wonder if The didactic materials used by Maria Montessori would help you with your dyslexia.
Precision is a good thing.
thanks for the comment Diane, I was thinking of after that, when they can read, why not teach them to read faster, it is a skill that will be of benefit all through life.. perhaps what kids are being asked to read is what is wrong...
Dantex460.. thanks for the comment, that's great news, I know in England they had been running pilots using techniques developed by Tony Buzan. I wonder has that now hit the mainstream
If Your ability to edit is the result of learning how to speed-read, then, No, Thank you! Careful editing is the result of a slow process of re-reading and checking with logical thought processes. Better luck next time with your editing!
Tony Buzan looks like he has some pretty interesting ideas.
When you say you left school do you mean drop out or did you finish? My son is dyslexic too and he and I had a hard time the first five years in elementary school. Now at 25 he's finishing university. How did you go about reading texts?
I finished and went to college for 3 years, I'm about to go to uni. I read and understood long text by rewriting important points in a way I would understand and remember, and eventually got use to doing this in my head, as if I were translating it.
Bravo Dantex. I'm sure you're proud of yourself because you should be. Having to write essays is also quite challenging. My son learnt to do it by reading literature books on topics he liked. That way his mind mapped correct syntax. All the best!!!
Thank you. :) Your son sounds like he had the right idea to get ahead.
You're welcome. The poor boy went through hell for a long time. Finally, we found a child psychologist who referred us to a teacher who helped him a lot. But like all dyslexics, the right method is what they discover themselves on the way.
thanks for the comment Garifalia, perhaps though this is part of the problem, that the learning is tailored for the slowest and the fast become bored and disillusioned. One can spend thousands of hours studying but never really learn anything.
And there are lows about immersion. We have to differentiate to make sure the slowest learners are not left behind. Often the fastest learners suffer.
I don't agree with you (sounds like you have personal experience). Teaching tailored for dyslexics, for instance is such that helps everyone. Now if a child is so quick to pick up that he becomes bored, then educators have an obligation to that child