This is the brief story of a man, now grown, who experienced many of the same problems in school children face today. In spite of his significant obstacles, Francis went on to achieve great success academically and professionally – this without medication. A testament to the value of dedicated and flexible instruction.
My name is Francis. I was born in the early hours of November 17. I am told it was a clear sky with shooting stars – perhaps an omen for the hyperactive child I was to be – always busy doing things, not always what I was supposed to be doing. This was a problem for me and for my teachers. There was no special education programs in those days. I was hyperactive, often off-task – a classroom problem. I was kept in at recess in silence – what a torture. This kept on in junior high and senior high. More detention and a strapping. In grade 10 I told my parents that was it – I was going to become a hockey player, I didn’t need any more school. Well, I didn’t become a hockey player. With the patience and help of my parents who never gave up and a teacher who became my tutor along the way I finished high school, went on to university and became a teacher … a high school teacher (and loved it). The fire was lit. I went on to complete graduate studies including a doctorate in educational administration and become a superintendent of schools who insisted on special education. I am now retired and still active in community services. Yes, there is hope … I am ever grateful to my parents who didn’t give up, to my tutor, and to my wife of 51 years and to my six children for their patience. I still keep busy … I need to. Thank heaven for computers … Best Best wishes to Dr. Charles Boulet for his dedicated endeavours to bring support for the learning handicapped – a bright star of hope indeed.