Lodhi 2 students in my classes, I felt that my brain was slower and constructed differently from theirs, and as a result, I felt my opinions and answers would not make sense or would not suffice as a well written answer to the question.
My learning disability has certainly taken its tole on my confidence as a student and as an individual. The effect of my disability on my life, is why I claim that although having a learning disability is not something to be frowned on, it does lower a individuals perception of themselves ( self esteem). A learning disability is a neurological disorder. In simple terms, a learning disability results from a difference in the way a individual's brain is "wired.”1 The idea of a learning disability first came about in 1877 when a German neurologist Adolf Kussamaul discovered them.2 However, despite his discovery, many people still believed that the reason their children were not performing in school was due to a lack of interest in classes as well as sheer laziness. It was not until 1969 when the United States congress passed the “ Children with specific learning disabilities act.” This act passed by the United States congress strengthened Kussamaul’s findings about learning disabilities, by giving them political legitimacy ( government backing), thus allowing people all around the United States to acknowledge the idea that learning
WETA. "What Is a Learning Disability?" Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2013. . 1 2
Lodhi 3 disabilities do exist and that they are a possible cause to why a student may perform poorly in school. Since the discovery of learning disabilities in 1877, neurologists and psychologists have learned not only more about what a learning disability is and how to treat it, but also how it effects an individuals self esteem. More specifically they have discovered the effects of learning disabilities on the four main factors that build up this idea of self esteem ( Self Efficacy, Social Relationships, cognitive distortions and Emotional feelings). Take for example the Pygmalion Study. In this study, two researchers by the names of Robert Rosenthal and Leonore Jacobson gave eighteen classes of students ( from kindergarden to sixth grade) an intelligence test so that the researchers could see if there was a development during the year in which they carried out the study. Then they chose 20 percent of the students at random and told the teachers that these children had the potential to be extremely smart ( but because they were randomly selected, there was no relation between the students score and the...