Oh, how much to say! But first, how are you? OK? Good!
First, a request for help, if I may. To get to the point, my school want us to read a book [that we haven’t read before] by the end of January, and then complete an essay, creative writing task and speaking and listening task on the book. The speaking and listening is in front of my whole class, so I wonder if anyone can sugest a book that can be read by the end of January, and is appropriate to talk about in front of a class of 13/14-year-old boys. I know, I shouldn’t care about being judged for my reading choices, but I just want to fit in for once, is that too much to ask? Any ideas welcome!
Next, I want to write about what happened yesterday afternoon, at school. I had someone in to discuss my future; my education 16+, my career and the support I’ll need [blind, remember?] to achieve my ‘aspirations’. I do wonder why they bother being so positive, and using positive words like ‘aspirations’. I mean come on, I’m not 6 any more guys, keep up, yeah?
So, this person had an hour to talk to me about my future, basically. To be perfectly honest, I’m not 100% sure if i’m allowed to write this stuff, but hell, I’ll go for it. I want to be a journalist, and so that was quite a big discussion point, as he went into different branches of journalism, and the educational routes I could take to become a journalist in the first place. I’m not completely sure which branch of journalism I want to work in: broadcast [which is like the TV and radio news people], or written [like newspaper reporters, or bloggers!]. He asked me at one point if I kept a blog:
‘No, of course not, Sir. I don’t think I’d be any good at blogging really’ – well that bit’s true – ‘so I’ve never really wanted to.’
why is it his business if I have a blog outside of school? I’m sorry, but I know because I’m ‘disabled’, they have to keep an eye on me outside of school. There are things, however, that they don’t, and never will, know about, and that’s my choice. I’m sure if he got his hands on this, he’d be onto the county in no time, because I’ve talked about depression, anxiety and self-harm.
My choices for education 16+ are a little confusing. I wish to go to a specialist college before I go to university, because they can teach me as a blind person the skills I need to live independently. This may seem a little confusing to you, but it’s things like cooking, cleaning, washing, etc. Things like that are often taught in a very visual manner; children watch whilst their parents do. That doesn’t really work for me, so I want to go to a college to get those skills. I CAN also talke my A levels there, which I want to do. They do a three year course for 16+, which I’d like to do. OH, I should probably mention that it’s a boarding college about 200 miles away.
My parents ideal plan would be to leave me in mainstream school until 18, and then to go to the college for a year, before university. I don’t agree with this plan, but they say it’s not normal for a child to move out at 16. I suppose they’re right, but I think sometimes normality is too high a standard for everyone, if you see what I mean. Regardless, after some arguments, I’ve given in to the fact that tey won’t listen to my opinion, and so it’s axtra 2 years of mainstream for me. I had to explain this [the parents’ plan, anyway] to the man yesterday, who now has to go and research it all, and come back with – well, I don’t know,what with.
I wanted to mention the speaker we had in school today. His name was Harry Bibring, and he survived the Hollocaust. If you’re interested, you can read a brief history of his life by following
He spoke for two hours, and usually that’d just be too long for me. Today, on the other hand, was different. Bibring’s story was interesting, dreadful and inspirational. It’s all very well learning about the Holocaust in your history class, or Religious Studies, but it really brings it home when a survivor stands in front of you, in the flesh, and tells his story. That is going to be a story whitnessed by few, but it was a story that wasn’t unheard of by any stretch of the imagination within a Jewish community 70 years ago.
That’s it then. I’ve written quite a large post tonight, so i’ll be off to bed now, but I hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you read up about anyone today, tonight, whatever time it is for you, make it Harry Bibring. Please, because you’ll learn a lot from reading one individual’s life story.