High School Dropout to Harvard

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Through humor and sharp observations, author John Rodrigues relates a story that is half biography, half musing on the nature of unconventional thinking and unconventional success. Teachers said the boy "could not learn." Many years would pass before Rodrigues discovered the reason why he struggled so much in school despite being bright. High School Dropout to Harvard reframes the idea of good and bad students into students who possess different learning styles. In doing so, the author points to a more nuanced understanding of how we think about intelligence. Rodrigues accomplishes this all while sharing stories that are amusing, painfully honest, and thoughtful. The book has an implicit question as a main theme: is what others say is impossible for you to do actually just the beginning of something extraordinary?
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  • By Carol McHorse
    Oct 28, 2012
    In High School Dropout to Harvard, John Rodrigues gives us a humor filled, autobiographical account of learning from the perspective of a boy who doesn’t fit the mold of an ideal student. As a young boy with tons of energy and enthusiasm, he loved kindergarten, but once he entered first grade and beyond, he found the traditionally linear school setting to be overwhelming and lacking the freedom to allow him express his creativity. After using humor and avoidance to cope with his dyslexia and poor academic achievement, he ultimately decided to drop out of high school and find a job. It wasn’t until he began working as an ice sculptor that he began to find acceptance and realized that his way of thinking and learning could be used as a strength. To the surprise of many, he ultimately turned things around for himself and found success as a student at a prestigious university. Mr. Rodrigues clearly and fairly demonstrates that our traditional school system does not always serve every... More > style of learner. He backs up his own personal experiences with research, peppered with good-natured humor. Despite his own struggles, the author turned what could be a painful subject into a hopeful read that approaches dyslexia and a few other disabilities with a positive spin, demonstrating that our so called disabilities can serve to provide us with a different perspective rather than just be thought of as a hindrance. While the author’s style of writing is fast paced and easy to read, I did find that he had a tendency to repeat himself. While this did not hinder the progress of the book, it was unnecessary. Overall, this refreshing book offers hope and a new perspective on a difficult subject to those who struggle in our linear school system as well as parents and teachers of students who are non-traditional learners.< Less
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John D Rodrigues
October 8, 2012
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