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Maruge died in 2009, but older people in Africa have been going to school ever since.
In an opinion piece from Education Week, Sitting at a desk alongside two of his grandchildren, Kimani Maruge first attended school in 2004 at the age of 84.In this article, he describes his successes, his descent into fear and anxiety, and his recovery from alcoholism.In addition, we learn about his current mission to help other kids from having the struggles he has.Even a successful athlete, reaching the pinnacle of his sport (a Stanley Cup winner) Brent Sobel wasn’t immune from feeling “not good enough” and worse.As a child, demons developed in the head of undiagnosed dyslexic Sobel.I’ve been to lots of dinner parties where, as soon as someone discovers my profession, the subject comes up, and sometimes heatedly.
A few of the more consistent “negatives” presented are: “Labels mark a kid for life and I’m afraid that can hold him/her back,” “Labeling my child will lower expectations” and “Everyone today is labeled and then drugged.” Anyone whose child has been helped by such labels argues the other side.
What’s sometimes overlooked, is the science and overwhelming clinical evidence of the importance of an educationally therapeutic alliance between teacher and student.
In therapy this is the “therapeutic alliance,” deemed perhaps one of the two most important ingredient in success and personal growth.
Great examples of older people living joyfully and with purpose. News featuring ballet dancing, athletics, art, and going to school, we meet seven older people living well and showing us all that it is usually not too late.
Sitting at a desk alongside two of his grandchildren, Kimani Maruge first attended school in 2004 at the age of 84.
Moats suggest, is that this science of reading and spelling and overall language development isn’t taught or understood in the majority of university level teacher education programs.