Wright Words: Meet a best-selling author who failed the seventh grade

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  • J-TX Allen, TX
    July 24, 2013 10:40 a.m.


    That's what this life is about. Making mistakes and overcoming them, with help from Jesus.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 24, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    I need to redo what I wrote. So I'm trying again. I guess what I meant to say is. It's nice when someone believes in you. Or keep trying. and believe in yourself. And if this didn't work I'll try it another way. but never give up. I'll think about it, I'm sure it will come to me.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 24, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    Been their done that Good story bad memories. Belief , has a power. I'm glad that my parents believed in me all the do overs prepared me for marriage with my wife. I'm sue to redoing things over and over because I love to see her smile. All tho some times I think that she wants to see my reaction when she said it could be better if we do it over again.

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    July 23, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    Thank you for the story. This teacher was out of line announcing before the class that someone would be retained. I see another story behind all of this. We often criticize teachers (and maybe this was one of those) but many of educations ills can be traced directly to non caring parents. It is an unsolvable problem. You can see it at parent teacher conferences when you see parents who come to hear how well their child is doing. Too many who need to come never do. A loving, caring parent can do wonders for a struggling child, Again thanks for the story

  • Kelliebelle66 West Jordan, UT
    July 23, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    How is it that teacher picked teaching children as a profession when they had such a mean spirited attitude? To announce in front of all the class needlessly that one student was being held back is cruel. It gets all the kids speculating and the person who is the recipient of the bad news becomes the object of derision not to mention a stressed out wreck. Sadly my children, my spouse and some siblings have been on the receiving end of the actions of thoughtless and sometimes cruel teachers. I am aware not all are like that. My grandparents were elementary school teachers for 40 years apiece and were both honored for their dedication. But the object of Wright's story is the effect parents and families can have in helping kids turn things around through love and support. Not every kid is successful in the academic world. It's not for everyone, but as parents we can help our children find their talents and strengths and help them develop. It certainly makes the child feel good about himself that they can accomplish something and have something that sets them apart or that they can be successful doing. Great story!

  • Susan Roylance
    July 23, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    What a wonderful example of a child who felt like a failure, and couldn't write well, who became one of my favorite authors.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 23, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Wow! What a powerful story. Thank you for sharing! The lessons you learned can be applied to all of us who meet challenges, setbacks, and want to give up. One would never suspect from your successful life that you met such a life-changing event as a young man.

    Each of us probably has a "turning point" or two in our lives that define who we actually are. Yours certainly had impact on me. You have the gift of writing and self discovery. Thanks again!

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    July 23, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    Thanks for sharing this life experience Jason. It will, hopefully, be a source of inspiration for two of our nephews who have been struggling with school.

  • byu rugby Crystal Lake, IL
    July 23, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    Like so much of what happens to us during childhood, it is responsible and loving parents that make the difference. I wasn't diagnosed with Dyslexia until my sophomore year of college. All through high school well intentioned but, un-enlightened teachers and counselors told me to forget my dreams and settle for something attainable. One career test indicated "Roustabout". Still don't know what that is. Anyway, my parents, a couple of enlightened educators, and some scout leaders continued to encourage me to go for broke.

    It wasn't easy. I had to pick up a lot of high school material as I matriculated through college. I was blessed at every turn. It took an extra year but, I got through with a solid GPA and with significant scholarships for all but three semesters. I don't care if the dream is digging ditches, flying jet fighters, performing surgery, or making fine musical instruments. If, you want it bad enough, you will do what it takes. And if you are really blessed, you will have family, friends, and mentors along the way to encourage you to keep up the fight.