“You must try harder.”
David Flink, 34, heard those words over and over again growing up in Atlanta — from his teachers, from his father — as he struggled against dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Slowly, he learned to embrace himself as a “different thinker,” and a new world opened.
We’re identifying kids faster, but we’re still systematically shaming families and kids for no reason. There’s some really easy, tangible tools they can implement, but it requires being past that shame. Simply being taught to learn a different way, for example.