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The Importance of Failure and Imagination

I know most of you have heard, read or seen that speech but I have just been captured by these words somewhere in the middle of J.K’s amazing speech:

“…Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case you failed by default…”

Further on she mentioned that failing gave her the inner security that she would never have attained by passing exams.

I have found this a refreshing aspect in view of our system that rewards success and punishes failure – not realizing the effect of it on the confidence and resilience of our students.

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Many ‘James Bonds’ on the spectrum

Not really a surprise or even a surprising figure to have 100 of Britains 5000 spies on the spectrum, meaning dyslexic, dyspraxic, Asperger, Autistic. Who else is great at breaking codes? finding solutions outside the box? coming up with a different way of viewing an old situation?

You can read the article here:
I spy with my little eye

This story has just recently been revived, as a new film is about to be released starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a gifted dyslexic code-breaker who played a pivotal role cracking German military code during the Second World War.


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Dyslexia from the perspective of a young lady

What does it feel like to be dyslexic? People who are dyslexic or who are related to somebody with Dyslexia find this question very easy to answer and probably relate well to the short video.
Interestingly, people who are not dyslexic have the weirdest ideas about it, that range from the perception that these individuals merely change the letters b and d around to being disabled or even retarded.
Nothing could be further from the truth – and educating people in this regard is a huge priority of mine.


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Robert Toth – a famous Dyslexic remembers

Sculpture by Robert Toth

Robert Toth

Robert Toth repeated forth grade three times. As a child he often felt awkward. He didn’t learn to read until he was twelve, and he was diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD. Only when he realized that he had an artistic talent, he found that he didn’t have an attention problem at all. Quite the opposite, when sculpting or painting, he developed a hyperfocus. He gives a lot of credit to Ron Davis to help him understand how he learns and the gifts inherent in him.