Monday, May 25, 2009
Front of the Class by Brad Cohen
Brad Cohen was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome as a child, but dealt with the effects of the disorder long before that. Tourette's was not a well known diagnosis and Brad was confronted with teasing and other issues all throughout his childhood. He was in constant trouble at school because he could not stop or help the twitching and vocal outbursts that happened on a regular basis.
When Brad was finally diagnosed, he took hold of his situation and begin to stand up for his rights and educate others about Tourette's Syndrome. He worked tirelessly to inform his classmates and teachers and to fight for his right for an education just the same of his peers.
Brad never gave up, and soon found himself a college graduate and hunting for a teaching job. While this journey proved difficult, he eventually found a job and the rest is history.
What I Thought:
This is simply an inspiring book about a man who overcame great obstacles to receive great reward. It's a book about not giving up and dealing with the cards you are dealt.
A wonderful book, one we all should read.
Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen and Lisa Wysocky.