As we learn more about how learners are not all the same, about how there are not only styles of learners but also different forms of learning, it becomes very clear that we have to stop equating students who are “learning different” with having a disability that needs to be corrected.
We have to change the cultural attitude that students with learning differences need to be “fixed”. What is becoming clear is that different is simply different, often. Einstein was likely a very different learner, and would very likely have been “diagnosed” had he been a child in school today. But it is the very nature of his learning difference that made it possible for him to discover the things he did.
We need to begin appreciating and celebrating all styles and forms of learning if we are to solve the problems that are present and that will come our way. We need the talents and skills of all people, and too often when we “fix” children’s learning style/form we curtail the very ability that would have allowed them to shine.
A great place to start is the newly published book Different Learners by Jane Healy.