Every child is a fighter.
Sometimes, it’s an actual person to battle against – a bully, a teacher or a
family member. Oftentimes, the opponent is less concrete, being a disease, a
disability, a milestone that keeps moving away or a skill the child can’t seem
to master, that sometimes, ending up fighting against oneself. Regardless of
the foe, they’re in it to win. They tries to endeavor and create their own
dreams. And the main factor to contemplate is for us to understand their
dreams. But the sad truth is, we lack stability, patience and understanding as
far as the child is concern.
Every Child is Special is a
movie that can blow tears and at the same time, bring hope that having dyslexia
is not really a desperate situation. This is not the first time I watched this
movie. It was 2007 this movie was released and it was also the year my younger
sister was diagnosed with dyslexia. So, I kind of relate in this movie and that
is the first reason why I chose this over the two (Split and A monster Calls). I
watched this movie to further give me knowledge about the learning difficulty
and how to cope with it. The movie tells in regards to boy, Ishaan Awasthi. He
was a talented child. But he was misunderstood by his teachers. He was only
characterized as a disobedient boy. Even his parents thought that the boy was
misbehaving because he did not want to go to school. One day, after having been
disciplined by being sent by the teacher to stand in the hallway, he went away and
wanders the streets. If only his parents attempted to have him tested, it may
be that he never sat still long enough to get a diagnosis.
The part that touch my
heart most after finding out that Ishaan will be kicked out of school
after the school year, his parents decided to bring him to a boarding school
where Ishaan grieved more from the school’s strict faculty. These incidents crumpled
Ishaan’s confidence for himself and he became depressed. He did not speak to
anyone, not even to his mother or his brother. No one would even try to help
him because they did not try to understand him.
Luckily he encountered Ram
Shankar Nikumbh, the art teacher at the boarding school, who is revealed to
have the same case as Ishaan. He helped him in his studies and his life.
Through his teaching methods and agile presence, Ishaan’s attention was caught
up. Ram recognized Ishaan’s problem in reading and writing. He then approached
his parents and told them that it was dyslexia. Ram helped Ishaan in every
aspect he know, first he gave him the confidence he needs for him not to be
afraid to express his ideas, and then, he also gave Ishaan lessons in writing,
reading and in math. Ram taught Ishaan using fun procedures by applying games
to his lessons. Gradually, Ishaan begun to improve in his studies, he has now
little trouble in reading, he can write properly and can solve math problems.
Teaching should not only be done in one way; we should use different ways to
teach our students because each and every one of us has a unique and special talent.
My favorite and the best part
of this movie is when Ishaan learn to trust his self. His mother and
father were crying because of too much happiness. I can feel the love of his
parents and they are very proud of Ishaan.
Somehow the movie broke my heart
seeing that the people that he thought would understand him were the very ones
who judged him and failed to recognize his problem. But I cannot really blame
his parents because all they wanted was the best for him and that is why they
tried so hard to push him and discipline him at the same time. The theory of
multiple intelligence in education shows an important part here
and that can be a way in informing not only the teachers but most importantly
the parents for them to help. With time, patience and care, it helps Ishaan find
himself and realized the child’s worth and needs.
Special needs people are
innocence personified. Created with love and affection akin to God’s. Every
child matters; has the right to a good start in life and to be included. Every
child deserves a champion- an adult who will never give up on them, understands
the power of connection and insists that they can be the best they can possibly