How’s this for a brainteaser?
President Bush’s top domestic policy achievement is an education reform law that demands no child be left behind by emphasizing early reading. Yet public school students with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia — disabilities that make it difficult to learn to read — are still being left behind.
I first came to the subject about seven years ago, when I met my future wife — a language therapist who helps children with dyslexia. My first lesson was humility. Reading had come easily for me, and so I was impatient with classmates who struggled to read.
Yet over the years, I’ve had the chance to interact with elementary school students who have dyslexia, and I’ve always come away impressed. It takes courage to get up in the morning and go to school even though you know you’re going to struggle. Yet you go. And tomorrow, you’ll go again.