As a Mom with a "special" little boy who is on the spectrum- who just taught himself to read with almost no input from me- I wish every single parent with a child who is struggling within the confines of the education system would read this article. Learning- for ALL children- has NOTHING to do with "education". It's all about L E A R N I N G - through play, through listening, through DOing, through art and music, and drama and imagination. THAT is what TRUE LEARNING is about.
Children know what they want to KNOW. Children know what they want to understand. Allow then to explore their world their own way and they will all change the world as adults.