* I thought the title may capture attention 🙂
As part of bringing in some vaguely creative pieces to this blog, I had the idea for this post; I had been teased about having a Blog by a teacher, but they were good in that they did not see my learning needs as a hinderance, and they never made me feel ashamed. And in keeping with my other letters that I’ve posted, the name has been changed.
You know, teasing me about having a blog was not really a smart idea! As a sort of ‘rebut’, I thought it would be fun to write something. There-you’ve made an appearance now, ha ha! But on a serious note: yes, it probably is a bit odd for me to write this. But my blog, my rules.
My ‘educational life’ has, at times, been very difficult; I always knew that I was ‘different’ in not fitting in with my peers, daring not to conform, having these odd ideas, being the square peg in a round hole. (What a cliche!) ‘Aspergers Syndrome’ was sort of kicked round as an idea in my early teens; to be diagnosed was an accident, really. But yet it is so misunderstood still. And not everyone has helped me.
A teacher (in front of me) described people with ASD as being a “bit cold and a bit weird”, I was told that a room I found too overwhelming with no one in it was “not noisy”. I was also described as a “quirk”. They are all hallmarks. It was upsetting at times, and also not kind.
But I loved your lessons; no one can tease me for being ‘teachers pet’ now! You see, you treated me like a human being-I was allowed to have an opinion, add to my knowledge, debate politically, argue about communism, joke even. I could talk openly and in my own right, even about my learning disability. I could also study a subject that I adored. (Special interest-it’s a hallmark-but if you don’t know what I’m writing about, I think you need to look it up. It’s not explained very well on a blog.) That’ll be the one lesson I will miss.
When you said “As far as I was concerned, you were just like the others”, I will admit that I was in tears after.To be afforded the privilege of being neurotypical, if only for five hours a day, was something incredibly unique; not many people see past ASD, or even try to. Thank you so so much for teaching me-it has been one of the best things I ever took at any educational level. Just to be treated like anyone neurotypical was a point I thought that I would never get to.
All the best,