I don’t think I can ever be a kindergarten teacher. Not because I don’t like kids. It’s because I like them too much I can faint of excessive laughter when being too long around them. Also, for continually rapidly changing mood – *laugh angry happy furious laugh again – when being around them. This are, perhaps, the reasons why people who work mainly with kids are blessed with longer youth and the feeling of serene.
A few months back, I watched Taare Zameen Paar on Youtube (international title: Every Child is Special), a very inspiring movie directed and produced by Aamer Khan which have won many awards for the strong and significant message sold. The movie tells a story about a boy who is suffering from dyslexia and how the parents, who were unaware of this, had take a wrong action on their child. Luckily, Aamer Khan, who featured as a teacher in the movie, discovered this and fought for the child and helped him. The child is actually gifted with extraordinary talent and IQ level.
A few years back, I read an article in Reader’s Digest about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), also a type of ‘unseen’ disease suffered by children. The article feature a real story of a mother who fought for her child’s education in kindergarten – to be treated equally and understandably by the teachers.
The main problem about these diseases is they are unseen. The symptoms are vague. Even educated parents who are not exposed to some basic medical knowledge would be unaware and unable to detect those symptoms. The main arguments among parents, and even medical experts, revolves around “How do you distinguish between the symptoms and that the children are simply being children – ignorant and innocent?” Furthermore, as children are unable to vividly describe their feelings and situations their facing, the diagnostic becomes even more challenging process.
For example, how do we know whether these pictures I include below are the symptoms of dyslexia or simply innocent confusion?
I remember I used to write some words in mirroring view when I was in kindergarten (because my mother kept my books till I was in high school) and I remember vaguely that my parents and my teacher (naturally) were not cool with that. But now after years, I don’t know whether I happened to have any kind of these ‘unseen’ children disease. * The truth is I hate to call them disease because it sounds negative, but I don’t know how else to put it 😦
Let’s look at the picture below. I believe that this kid has quite high IQ for a five year old for being able to arrange numbers in logical sequence backwardly. But he still got the answers wrong for writing the numbers in mirror view. I wonder if this is fair for him.
I always think kids are very interesting to observe. It is amazing how we all once were kids, yet we forget being kids and still have to figure them out once we have our own. I guess HE has HIS own way of doing things.
“Children are something that we borrow from our future. It is our duty to take good care of them before we hand them back”