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Welcome back dear readers. It has been a while since ol' Big D has been able to write a blog. Life has been extremely busy, and the constraints of time have made it nearly impossible for me to finish every task. While overcoming the limitations of time can seem difficult for many people, its the least of obstacles.
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of England's best young writers, George Bastow. George has battled and overcome so many obstacles in his life, and truly is an inspiration to me, not only as a writer, but as a human being.
You see, George was born with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, a condition which affects all four of his limbs, and leaves him wheel chair bound. Even as difficult as this is to overcome, it still wasn't his greatest obstacle. His greatest obstacle was the "mainstream" school system. A broken system which, in this world of political correctness, loves calling itself "all inclusive", but in reality is far from it.
George's story of being in an educational system ill prepared to handle the needs of children who require specialized attention is one that is all too familiar to me. I worked in Special Education for several years, and the issues that drove me out of education were many. However, the ones that stand out in my mind are the out of touch education board member's unwillingness to allow specialized teaching methods for individual students, budgetary constraints, and quiet honestly, staff members who are not properly trained.
While George lives on the other side of the pond, bureaucracy, it seems, is the same universally, and George's inability to fit in a "one size fits all" educational environment led to his mother pulling him out of that system. She was mocked and harassed by George's paternal side of the family, and a system which concluded that he would never contribute to society without a mainstream education.
So George and his family did the only thing they could, prove the nay sayers wrong! They developed a teaching regime designed for his needs, and they adapted and overcame the challenges that got in their way. Family members took turns, each teaching to their strengths, whether it be the sciences, math, grammar, or the ability to take the mick out of a situation. They provided him with everything the educational system could offer, and so much more, and he developed into a writer that has so much to offer the world.
George really is a triumph of what home education can do, not only for the physically disabled, but any student who does not flourish in a "one size fits all" system.
Big D is a writer and host of The Mailman's Survival Guide Podcast. His goal is to raise awareness for the mental health community through writing, pod casting, and public speaking.