National Geographic : 1971 Dec
Scott isn't stupid.But ittook a smart teacher to recognize it. What's wrong with Scott is what's wrong with at least one kid in almost every classroom. Scott has a learning disability. A perceptual problem. When he writes, the letters are mostly illegible shapes. When he does his arithmetic, the answers are usually incorrect. If you wanted to guess how many kids have ever had a problem similar to Scott's, you could start by counting many of the kids who've dropped out of school. The sad part is: You can correct the problem if you spot it soon enough. Before a child has failed and been frustrated and lost his self-confidence. So in 1969, Metropolitan Life began showing teachers and parents how to spot early signs of physical disorders that can interfere with a child's learning. We produced a film called "Looking at Children',' and a compan ion booklet. Very often, they're the first time a child's teachers or parents ever see "backwardness" as a disability that many times can be corrected. We'll send the film to your com- munity or school group. Write "Children;' Metropol itan Life, 1 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y 10010. You may have to wait, even with hundreds of prints of the film in constant circulation. But the wait is worth it. To keep a child's learning dis ability from becoming a life-long handicap. j Metropolitan Life We sell life insurance. But our business is life.