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  •  Yup (13+ / 0-)

    I saw that too.  Yet another example of modern life...if the kids act up...justs drug 'em into submission.

    Like you, I was tested for learning disabilities when I was young.  My problem was that I couldn't read in 1st grade.  Given that my parents were PhDs, nobody could figure it out...there had to be a problem.

    So, I remember all these tests, all these questions...I still have a vivid memory of a serious looking man in a white lab coat staring at me and saying...

    I looked back uncomprehending, and he seemed to get excited.  So he looked at me and said...
    So then he got real excited and explained that he was dropping the first letter of a word, so the first was "Bottle" and the next was "Puddle."  He then looked me in the eye and said..
    I looked at him, responded quietly..."dinner?"  And he suddenly got depressed.

    The doctors never found anything, and I learned to read in 2nd grade, and I am now a college professor.

    I have no doubt that today they would have drugged me to my gills...and once I got to high school they would have kicked me out for being a moddy, loner who wore too much grey and black and  had too many sad a violent thoughts about the state of modern life.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 02:07:35 PM PDT

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      My guess, actually, is that I do have some kinda learning disability.  Not sure what it is, but I have a startlingly hard time reading and comprehending a single sentence slowly.  The only way I can read is fast, getting the gist and moving forward without overly focusing on it.  If I try to do a detailed sentence-by-sentence read of something, I lose track of everything and can't make sense of it.

      Can't say that reading fast has been a particularly big problem in my life, but it is kinda odd.

      I've never been tested since I was 6, and I am not going to get tested.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

      "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

      by Empty Vessel on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 02:19:32 PM PDT

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      •  it's that you read so very fast (2+ / 0-)
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        which is supposed to be good  

        (unless you couldn't express what you just read, which i have the feeling you could)

      •  It is HARD to read slowly (2+ / 0-)
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        I observed a class as they 'read' a novel: ie: listened to it on tape as they followed along in the text. I noticed that most of the class wasn't even pretending to follow along in the book, so I decided to see what it was like.

        I opened the book to the correct page, found where the voice on tape was reading, and tried to follow along and reed the book at the same pace. 20 seconds later I found myself way ahead of the voice on tape. Forcing myself to get back on track, I discovered my mind wandered in flights of imagination, or I'd mentally rif on things that momentarilly caught my eye. I kept forcing myself to refocus, seemingly every five or ten seconds, and after a couple pages of agony had eyestrain from forcing my eyes to point at the correct word, and only that word.

        My guess is that the only students who followed along in the book were those whose sight reading speed closely matched the pace of the voice on the tape.  

        "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

        by Orinoco on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 04:29:50 PM PDT

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    •  That Is Hard To Read (4+ / 0-)

      I was the preppy guy. But all my friends were the opposite. Wearing all black. Playing D&D with me. Reading comics. I was told in high school I must be doing drugs cause well I played with folks that didn't dress like me.

      My house was a "safe" place where folks came to 24/7.

      My parents laughed off those "drugs" thoughts. They were not accurate. In college I did things, well never in my parents house.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 02:20:43 PM PDT

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      •  Truth be told (4+ / 0-)

        I was the guy your parents were warned about.  Weed, Shrooms, Acid.  But by the time I got to college, I was bored by most drugs.  Been there, done that...I needed new things to I started studying strange crap that nobody else cared about.  It works for me, and I have plenty of elbow room to figure out arcane subjects that make me happy.

        "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

        by Empty Vessel on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 02:30:44 PM PDT

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