In 2018, 10-year-old Marcus wrote a letter to his MPP Jill Dunlop about his experiences as a student with dyslexia in Ontario. His letter describes his not-so-great experiences at school, how it affected his self-esteem, and his ideas to help students with dyslexia.
I admire how clearly Marcus translates his experiences and emotions into words: how his dyslexia diagnosis has been a source of empowerment and community, and how (rightly) frustrated he is with the education system. Same here, Marcus. Same here.
My favourite line of the letter is this:
“There is no good reason to keep letting kids feel like they are complete and total losers.”
Who can argue with that?
You can read his letter here:
Marcus’ mother, Alicia Smith, is the new president of IDA Ontario, and she presented her family’s story at the October 3 launch of the Right to Read human rights inquiry
This week, Marcus’ story was again in the media as part of a CBC radio call-in show about dyslexia — you can listen to these excellent programs online:
I’m constantly amazed at how youth are proudly demanding what is right. The kids are alright.
My daughter’s five things a 12-year-old wants you to know about dyslexia.