Slow learner...Is it a sign of learning disability?

@Shavkat (18109)
Philippines
December 29, 2012 10:27pm CST
Is it true that if a child or students in College cannot cope up in their studies, is a sign of having learning disability? Fast learners used to bully these people. We can't deny that, since in the class it reflects the performance of ever students. What do you think?
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• India
30 Dec 12
It is a fact that slow learners have some limited abilities and are bullied by others (fast learners).Though they do poorly in schools, their intelligence may be high. The signs of slow learning doesn't mean that the child is a slow learner,there may be other factors that cause the process of slow learning.
@sreekutty (1051)
• India
30 Dec 12
you are very right. I knew you are intelligent when I personally met you during the marrs competitions. Welcome to my lot.
@Shavkat (18109)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
Some people would think it is not. Others will consult for a doctor and finding that their child has MR.
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@prashu228 (6082)
• India
2 Jan 13
yeah srilatha is right the slow learning is not a disability they might to bad in school and need more time to complete a task or work but they can over come this with proper guidance .
• Howrah, India
30 Dec 12
If anyone is slow learner that does't mean that he/she has a learning disability.May be the teacher was not good enough to make him/her understand or may be he/she was not interested in studies.
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@Shavkat (18109)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
This is one factor that I also consider, the teacher is not effective in teaching their students.
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@ARIES1973 (8748)
• Legaspi, Philippines
30 Dec 12
I agree with this opinion. Most of the time, teachers do a great part on the learning of the children.
@GreenMoo (11842)
30 Dec 12
Everyone learns in different ways, at different paces, and different things. the school system is biased towards one sort of learning, with little emphasis on other ways to learn or other things to learn. Those who do not fit the mould are disadvantaged. But what is the point of an A grade student with the social abilities of a slug? I'm afraid I think even a title such as you have given this discussion is unfair to many. How does one define a 'slow' learner? In relation to what material? Compared to who? Linking the label 'slow learner' to the label of 'learning disability', even with a question mark (easily disregarded), is condoning a very narrow definition of both. I do not mean to be deliberately accusatory, but the world seems full of prejudices this morning and most of the time we are unaware that we are perpetuating them. I hope you will forgive my forthrightness.
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@Shavkat (18109)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
I don't mind my friend, you had give your own piece. It is indifferent to judge the people considering as a slow learner. There are possible factors to determine the real reason.
• St. Peters, Missouri
30 Dec 12
This is definnitely not the case. Though there might be some slow learners that have a learning disability, learniing material slower than the norm can have many, many different causes. Sometimes it has to do with the student's learning style. Some of us learn differently than others. I have a 5th grade student that is excelling in math and social studies. But is bombing in science and reading. My first guess was maybe some type of reading problem. He does well in social studies, a very reading intensive subject at this age. And normally, students that excel in math also excel in science. Things weren't adding up. Come to find out, he has two different teachers. One teaches math and social studies. One teaches science and reading. And they teach very differently. Doesn't mean one is better than the other - just different. His social studies teacher spends time in class reading everything together. And they do hand-on activities for every section. His science teacher doesn't do hands-on activities very often and sends a lot of the reading home. He learns by doing hands-on. And he never learned how to read textbooks. He was able to tell me in detail about every science project he had ever done. But he couldn't tell me about the material he learned by reading. This is just one example of the importance of learning styles. Other possibilities include lacking fundamental skills, hearing diffulties, vision problems, other health issues, lack of attention, lack of motivation. A learning disability is just one of the possibilities. And in my opinnion, every other avenue should be considered before labeling anyone learning disabled.
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@Shavkat (18109)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
We can consider this, the learning habit of the child. I had noticed that youngest brother is having a hard time, it could be the computer games that brought of this modernization.
@Pegasus72 (1904)
2 Jan 13
I don't think so they might just have not had good training in their studies or may not even be able to keep up with all of the reading that is required in college. Some people are so lax they can't get into the higher pace groove of college.
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• United States
1 Jan 13
sometimes it's exactly the reverse-the kid is extremely intelligent,and simply bored with the material.look at einstein-they once labeled him a "retarded",and it turned out he was a genius.
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• Canada
31 Dec 12
Especially in College, it does not have to mean there is a learning disability. Many students move to go to college, and depending on the curriculum in their home school, they may have been better or worse prepared for their college program. Some students have trouble balancing social life and school. And we can't forget that people have different talents...someone may seem like a learning disabled person in a math class but appear to be a genius in a philosophy, logic, or history class. It can take awhile to adjust to how different college can be from high school. Sometimes it isn't learning the material that is the problem, but just managing time and motivating yourself to do well when no one is watching over your shoulder.
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@youless (72367)
• Guangzhou, China
31 Dec 12
Everybody is different. So some people can learn something fast, some will learn it slowly. However, the people who learn fast don't mean that they can master and take advantage of the knowledge well. They may forget it soon Here we have a saying: The stupid birds usually fly earlier.
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@savak03 (6662)
• United States
30 Dec 12
I'm pretty sure that any learning disability would have been discovered in a student long before the student made it to college. There are many other reasons for poor performance in school at that age. Perhaps the student is spending too much time partying now that they are in college. This environment tends to make a student feel he is master of his own life and no longer needs to mold himself to others expectations.
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@RobtheRock (2485)
• United States
30 Dec 12
No, slow learner is not necessarily imply a sign of "learning disability." In college there are those who are very fast learners, fast learners, and slow learners. Then there are the ones who might have a learning disability.
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@alberello (4759)
• Italy
30 Dec 12
Well, from my personal point of view, I do not think that children who have a slow learning, they have mental disabilities. Some people are more intelligent, and who is not, but this is a gift of nature. Me personally, I've always had difficulty learning the material quickly, and all in all I'm still that way. Ok it's true I also have a mental disability ( OCD diagnosed with a disability equal to 75%), but my case is a somewhat separate.
@Shavkat (18109)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
There is a great impact for not coping up with the subjects in a particular class in school. I am sure they can find ways to overcome the situation.
• China
30 Dec 12
Actually I do not think that slow learner is a sign of learning disability,slow learner just do not as competitive as fast learner in the learning speed but they also can get the knowledge after that,and usually there are some information show that the slow learner can memorize the knowledge deeply than the fast learner.
@Shavkat (18109)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
We cannot determine the normal child to be slow learner. I agree on this, we need to know what things can be essential to help them to learn the easy way.
• China
30 Dec 12
I do not think it is the learning disability.The slow learners in some cases are not always slow in learning all subjects.For example,one of my friends is a fast learner in math,but he is really a slow leaner in English,can we say that he is learning disability?Sometimes it depends on the subject he interests.
@Shavkat (18109)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
In some cases, it does my friend like having mild mental retardation.
@pumpkinjam (4604)
30 Dec 12
No. I don't agree with that at all. Of course there Will be some who do have learning difficulties but there are a lot of people who choose to label themselves and use it as an excuse. Some genuinely do have a learning difficulty but some are just slow or lazy. As for fast learners bullying slower learners, I am sure this happens but, in my experience, it is often the opposite way round with kids being bullied because they work hard or are high achievers.
@Shavkat (18109)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
When I was in High School, one of my teachers was so angry for having a poor score in her surprise quiz in class. Out of the blue, a classmate suddenly raised her hand up and said that this subject is our first subject to be encountered, you cannot put us in pressure to learn that fast. Then he asked the teacher, how long did she teaching the said subject. Reading between the lines, there is really something to it.
@vernaC (1494)
• Romania
30 Dec 12
Yeah mostly but not in general. There are many factors to consider especially for a college student. Like emotional, physical, or mental, we couldn't just judge right away. There's always a reason behind problems and disabilty of a person, it's much better to ask them first what's their problem.
@Shavkat (18109)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
It is not common to be seen in College level right? I do believe it can be noticed in primary level.
@jenny1015 (13398)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
In a way, a slow learner could have some learning disabilities. But still there should be tests to be done to determine what causes a child to catch up that slow. Sometimes, there is some emotional disturbance experienced by the child due to the environment he has at home. A child could somehow be affected if example, his parent are constantly fighting. The child is disturbed with the knowledge that his parents are not in good terms. And so his studies get affected.
@Shavkat (18109)
• Philippines
30 Dec 12
I agree on this, it should have a through test to determine if the child has learning disability.
@Frederick42 (1968)
• Canada
27 Apr 13
Yes, slow learning could be a sign of some disability. Everybody cannot learn at a fast pace. Everybody has a different pace. We shuld be satisfied with our pace of learning. Parents and other elders ahould guide us saying that we should be satisfied with our learning pace. However, it is a pity that the elders are always comparing the slow learners with the fast learners and they say that the slow learner should become like the fast learner.
• India
4 Mar 13
Hey Shavkat, I completely disagree with the fact that slow learning is a diability. First of all we need to identify the reason as to why a person is learning slowly. Then adress the problems that he might be facing while learning. the plausible problems that one faces are not interested in topics, do not have a clear goal, not able to understand why one has to learn. Fast learners on the other hand are very much clear on their goals which helps them focus their entire energy on acheiving the targets.
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
hi, for me my opinion is not,slow learner person can also train to be a fast learner and the only for this is they need discipline for their self,i mean they should lessen watching of television or playing with their friends,instead try to teach them to read books.
• United States
3 Jan 13
Not always. Sometimes kids are better at one subject than another. I was great in English but not so good in math. I didn't have a good support system either so it was really hard for me to do math but I didn't quit. Class performance is not a good indicator either, I was very shy in math class but that's because I didn't know the answer and I didn't want to embarrass myself.