I was taken out of school not for religious reasons like most homeschoolers but due to the fact my mom had to teach me at home even while I was going to school!
If your thinking this is the reason the teachers missed my Dyslexia, it is not. I uncovered a math test I took in 3rd grade. The answers were right but half the numbers were written in mirror image... the teacher makered them as correct with no correction on the way the letters were written! NO ONE looking at my work from back then could miss that I had a major problem.
But I did have the opportunity many do not have, the option to home school. "Studying" on my own would not have done the trick. Though my mom was not trained to teach a dyslexic she managed to do so doing what it took to get me to learn. One on one. I don't know where I would be now if I had not homeschooled. I doubt I could even have been able to read had I not had my mom there to realize I wasn't learning how to! How many kids out there don't have that support? How many teachers THINK it's not their fault that thier students are failing cause the kids are just lazy?
After homeschooling I had learned to overcome it a great deal and I now feel anger towards the teachers that let me go on in school feeling stupid cause I couldn't spell, read, or write correctly because my teachers overlooked the fact I had clear signs of a problem! Teachers have a responsibility to children’s lives more so then a dentist. It’s easy to fix a cavity, not so easy to fix a child’s self esteem…
I still can not read a old fashion clock, time management is hard for me. As you may have guessed by this blog I do read a lot but it's hard. I do best if I'm in a quite dimly lighted area. I still find it difficult speaking to strangers or even friends but am learning slowly that it is OK to be Dyslexic.
Being Dyslexic is not a joke. Too many think it is! It's not switching a few letters or words every once in a while... it is a part of you everyday of your life... something that makes you ashamed of how it makes you different, makes you feel and look stupid. In fact it is a legal disability.
I'm overcoming the feeling stupid part cause I am realizing I am not stupid, my brain is just wired a bit different then yours. In fact I may be better in some things then you are! ;-) Some even call Dyslexia a gift... In fact here is a list of a few Dyslexics you may have heard of...