Read your message to Stephanie about overcoming worry and then your Medium blurb about “fighting for social justice.”
Wanted to suggest that there is a powerful social justice issue that was largely ignored in the discussions of TV guilt — I sent Stephanie the message below. You might be interested to read and see her reply.
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As a parent who knows about the scary realization that your child has learning issues that could make her a candidate to get left behind I think your message was powerful and thoughtful.
And as someone who works with struggling learners (including deaf and hard of hearing students) I hoped it might stimulate more than the familiar debate of how we can manage the dangers of TV.
In fact, I think your insights into the way visual tools meet Iris’s needs and your attempt to suggest that the intelligent use of visual tools may be appropriate for other learners is a message that is urgently needed. It is about time we recognized and began tapping the incredible potential of visual tools for learners who may not fit our comfortable but narrow view of proper learning.
I couldn’t think of any way to do your message justice or make a case for learners like Iris in a brief reply. So I just published a piece on Medium that begins with your message and then tries to go further, framing a larger discussion of how we can help Iris and learners like her by letting go of our guilt and judgment as we rethink the important role visual tools can play in learning.
I hope you’ll take a look. Roger Essley