Jackie Stewart is an impressive individual not just because he achieved on the track and in business but his success came despite his terrible self esteem zapping experience in education, His was a story like so many others of his generation who were misunderstood. Intelligent but considered stupid because of his acute difficulty reading and deciphering words on a page. In his book that I am currently reading, Winning is Not Enough , he talks about what it felt like to be consigned to the scrapheap of secondary modern education with very little prospects and what it took to make him go against what he had been made to believe by his teachers and achieve amazing things.
He has since used his finance and influence to assist the Dyslexia Association and try to educate Government on what changes need to be made to the current system to make those with dyslexia and other learning difficulties get an education that untaps their true potential.
At work I met a lady today who has four children with dyslexia, inherited from her and her father, their grandfather. Navigating the schools system is difficult enough as it is without having to ensure that the schools have the right level of learning support. I frequently hear that the one size fits all approach doesn`t work, regardless of the learning capabilities of the child. I also keep hearing that a degree of autonomy is key to success – which Government will have the courage to free schools to take more ownership of their curriculum and adapt to the learning landscape that best suits their children? I hope it will happen in my lifetime as education is one of the very few elements of society that have-not progressed since the Victorian era.
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