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Excerpt from “Reading Through Tears” by VAS team members
The computer printer spits out the last page and falls into silence. The parents fidget as they wait for the results of the assessment.
Young Michael, his ordeal finished, celebrates by spinning around in the chair. He is surprised that he quite enjoyed the assessment but perhaps that was because he thinks that he won almost every game!
I grin at Michael and then write 3 headings on the whiteboard:
Guessing from word shape
Guessing from the meaning of other words
I turn to the parents. ‘There are three basic ways of learning to read…’
John and Mary are typical parents. Both are in their late thirties. Both work full time. They have 3 children. Michael, still spinning on the chair, is the eldest child. He is eleven. His younger sister Rebecca is 9 and his brother Saul is due to start school next year.
Mary is the worrier. Her husband John jokes that she worries about everything. She particularly worries that Michael is due to enter High School next year and yet reads far less fluently than Rebecca, two years younger.
For years John had discounted Mary’s fears because the experts, the teachers, had assured him that Michael ‘will read when he is ready’. The end of term reports certainly gave no cause for alarm.
He was therefore shocked when, at the last parent-teacher meeting, Michael’s new teacher stated that Michael was two years behind in reading and almost three years behind in spelling. John insisted on a second opinion
Mary works in a legal office in charge of files. Her home is similarly well organised with files going back to Michael’s first days at school. The reports comment what a pleasure it is to have Michael in the class, that his levels of cooperation and attention are satisfactory etc. etc. Not once did the reports give cause for alarm; nowhere was there any suggestion that Michael had a serious reading problem.
The parents watch as Michael is tested.
Step by step, test by test, the parents watch the hesitations, the errors, the silences; the patterns of struggle unfold, confirming the new teacher’s concerns.
Both parents become very still, very quiet, trying to hide their dismay and anger and shame from this stranger, even from each other. They are shaken by the sheer size of their son’s struggle now exposed to them for the first time…