As a parent of two hearing children, I am amazed at what I learn from them. I chose Geronimo Cardano as my favorite. As a busy physician having seen and heard all that children who are deaf can not learn, he chose to ignore it. He must have spent much time with his son in order to realize that he could learn, or at least listened to his wife when she told him the boy could do things that weren’t supposed to be possible.
What a precious gift he must have been to his son. What a surprise it must have been to him when he realized the potential. Too many assume physical and mental differences mean the inability to learn or do.
As a person with a degree in secondary education I have found that anyone can learn something if you find the right way to teach them. Too often the problem is not the student but the rigidity in which they are taught does not make sense to them.
So kudos to Mr. Cardano for caring about his son enough to teach him and prove the rest of the world wrong.
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