What Might Have Been ...

Robert, a retired building engineer, talked with us about life being unable to read. He didn't learn to read in school. Still, he completed the eleventh grade and was only two credits short of graduating despite it. The teachers at his schools in Hutchinson, Kansas seem not to have known what to do. He wasn't provided any special instruction to help him learn to read. He became the "problem" of the teacher who got all the "difficult" kids. Robert clearly admired her. After leaving school, Robert found jobs that didn't require reading. That might have been a little easier back in the '60s. He eventually found his way into building HVAC maintenance where on-the-job training and experience allowed him to keep working. But, he is aware that his inability to read and write confined him. He learned to cope but wonders what might have been.