Every few months Sandra would sadly look through her daughter’s report cards. Failing grades, always failing grades.
“Whats going on, honey?” Sandra asks her barely responsive daughter. “Do you not understand what the teacher is saying?”
The little girl shrugs, “I listen,” is all she says.
Teacher meetings come and go, new goals are placed. They are never reached. Farther and farther her daughter falls behind and still they push her to the next grade.
“She can sit in class and participate in the work; she gets some of them right.” The teachers say proudly.
“But she’s not passing the tests and her grades are horrid.” Her mom points out.
“Oh, but she’s come so far.”
Picture a world that you can not understand. Picture a world in which everyone who tries explaining things sounds a lot like Einstein. It is in this world that Tiffany is trapped.
A new textbook, more words she can not understand. She floats by because she can at least read the words. She dare not ask questions because she can’t figure out how to explain what she isn't understanding. Everyone else understands it, why can’t she.
Tiffany starts to wonder if it’s her.
“The kids ask how I got here, if I’m so dumb.” Tiffany tells her mom.
“You are not dumb, honey, your brain just learns at a different pace then theirs do.” Sandra explains while trying not to cry.
Years have gone by. One step forward and two steps back. They have no explanation, they have no reasons why she should be struggling.
More tests paint a dismal picture and new suggestions that don’t help.
A kid in a teen’s body, desperate to learn, but bottled up inside. Trapped by her mind’s deficiencies; she’s left with just muddling through.
The potential is there, if only she could... remember... if only she could... understand.
- -> photo credit: Arvind Grover via photopin (license) <-
- Today's post was inspired by the research I have been doing all day.
Today's post was also inspired by the letter K. K is for: Kids as part of the Blogging from A to Z April 2015 challenge! Click on the letter to join on in the fun!
Every day (excluding sundays) I will be writing a post about something that begins with the letter for that day. Most of the time you will find a sci-fi flash fiction piece here.
For Readers: Sorry... I don't really have a question for you today. Tomorrow shall be a cheerier post though ;)