Re: [mlathemods] Lathe Choices (more OT)and long
Dyslexia is a particularly pernicious disability that is, I believe,
incurable. Your generation seldom diagnosed it; and, when they did, they
treated its victims as subnormal. The whole dyslexia-learning-disability
episode remains one of the blackest marks in the history of education in
Curiously, one my Linguistics professors in my second tour through Graduate
School is dyslexic. We became whisky-drinking friends (we're of an age
together), and he's now retired Professor Emeritus. Another of my friends
(just a little younger than I) is dyslexic. He was treated as mentally
retarded throughout his public school years. But he kept on fighting, got
into college, fought hard for his basic degree, and went on to take an MA in
Modern History and a teaching certificate. I am sad to relate that he had to
threaten the Dean of the Graduate School with a lawsuit if the Dean
prevented him from using a dictionary during examinations; thank goodness,
my friend won.
My point about language is not what happens when a disability like dyslexia
comes into play. You are aware of this disability, and you know how to work
around it to communicate with your peers. My point is about all those
without dyslexia who will not, or can not, pay attention to their language.
If they are ignorant, they can be trained, or educated, or both; if they
maintain their ignorance (the most disgusting among them are those that are
proud of their ignorance), they are stupid--for whom the following quotation
...stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death,
there is no appeal, and
execution is carried out automatically and without pity.[Robert A.
Heinlein. The Notebooks of Lazarus Long.]
And I must disagree with your moral: spelling and grammar are not the
measure of the man, unless he pays no attention to them.
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Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 8:15 AM
Subject: Re: [mlathemods] Lathe Choices (more OT)and long
> While I never had difficulty with grammar, I have always had trouble with
spelling and (foreign) language. I never passed a spelling course in my
life. I always spent my summers (grammar school) learning spelling cards. My
parents were told “He’s lazy, or He’s not to bright”.
> In High School, I spent three summers redoing Latin and going to special
remedial reading classes. (Private School) They finally allowed me to drop
Latin in my senior year or I would still be there.
> I went to a liberal arts college. I majored in Physics. There was more
than one “Liberal Arts” professor who felt that I should not graduate
because I “Couldn’t spell”. There were more remedial classes. I graduated
about in the middle of the (Physics) Class. 24 of us started as freshman, 12
> I tried graduate school informally a few times but dropped it for many
reasons. About 1969 I tried again. I had to take the Graduate Record Exam
this time. It was at Harvard. I was in a group of the brightest young newly
graduated students and I felt totally intimidated. ( I was already 12 years
out of college) I finished the test about ½ hour ahead of the time limit.
Nobody else seemed to have finished. I checked the test and turned it in
feeling sure that I had totally missed the point and had flunked. After all
the lazy dumb s… h… who couldn’t spell should not have finished ahead of
every one else.
> The results came. I was in the 98 quartile.
> Some years later when my children started school we found that they, and I
suffered from Dyslexia. Both of them had very high IQ’s. More private
schools, more difficulty in college. Etc. At the age of 50 I finally did go
to graduate school., While holding down a full time job, I finished Masters
and Doctorate programs (Including the dissertation where I had a lot of help
from the company technical writer and that newly invented thing, the
computer with a spell checker) in 2.5 years. I did graduate with a 3.925
> So the moral. Spelling and Grammar are not the measure of the Man.
Particularly in the technical fields. However the put-downs and the
belittling that results from difficulties in that area can last a life time.
> p.s This was typed in Word so the spelling could be checked. (Thank God
> p.s. p.s I hold 39 patents.
> James A. Benjamin Ph. D Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
- In a message dated 5/26/2004 9:47:14 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
contract that will require them to take forty years to
pay off a $4K credit card debt at the minimum payment
OK I am doing it again, sorry guys and gals, but had to put in here. I knew a
gal who had to move in my place and sleep on the couch after she had been
using one card to make payments on other cards (She had a MA from UC and looked
down on my BS from USC). I don't know if she ever got out the hole she dug for
herself or not.
Then I had a sister in law who signed a contract to buy a condo with negative
amortization. Every time she made a payment the balance went up. When
interest rates go up (say "when" not "if" look at history) there will be a lot of
folks looking for some way to pay off their variable interest rate home loans.
Everyone should take a course in basic economics about the time value of money
and why interest is necessary. (or at least a course in common sense) BTW my
long held belief in not investing in stocks has proved to be valid, us small
fish don't even know the rules that the sharks make when playing that game.
in the high desert of California
12 inch Atlas, Minimill, HF bandsaw
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