Video Vic repeatedly insisted that it was a learning disability ( ADD, ADHD, dsylexia, and so on) that doesn't allow Video Vic to complete an essay or to read a short article. Vic seemed to think that this inability was okay. Video Vic resisted the notion that this issue could be overcome by learning coping strategies to deal with the learning disability. I outlined several. I provided examples of famous people who overcame similiar issues.
"Oh, I can just have someone read to me, like Tom Cruise does."
Video Vic also doesn't like math or science.
Somehow the concept that a college education is focused on developing critical thinking skills, such as reading, writing, and logic, hadn't occured to Vic. How in the world will Video Vic get through college if Vic hates math and science, can't read and write (Vic's own admission )? How in the world will Vic work in a field that requires a high level of these skills? You cannot effectively do hamster dancing without reading and writing at a high, or least functional level.
"Oh, I don't need to read. I watch films. I learn everything from film and television."
When asked if Vic had learned anything in my class, the repsonse was a blank stare.
"Oh, I already knew everything we discussed. I watch films all the time about this subject."
Who is to blame for this? The growing insistence that we video tape everything? An education system that emphasizes trophies for everyone?
Note: This dialogue is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
Trish from Texarkana