Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations
Edited By David W. Jardine, Christopher Gilham and Graham McCaffrey
Chapter Seven: Codes (S. John Williamson)
C h a p T e r s e v e n Codes w. john williamson C o d e s My students have codes Special education codes Colds, viral, pathological, easy to catch Codes, more serious in their grim munificence They linger long beyond school When our daughter was little My wife and I spoke in code For her own protection From what was too intense, too incomprehensible As most parents do We’ve stopped now that she’s older and can decipher our codes Our cat didn’t “go the farm”, he died; she was old enough to know almost every- thing Now she speaks in code with her friends Their interference thwarts our interference And we’re the baffled ones Maybe special education codes are meant to protect too Euphemistically muting diagnoses 68 | w. john williamson Problem is colleges don’t speak these codes If our students want the same accommodations there They can’t say they were coded They have to learn to call themselves disabled We call this self-advocacy Some students with 54 codes Have trouble with printed codes we take for granted A computer programming code can be made to have machines read to them Reading out loud like the ancients did The first silent reader a witch But now they say most readers read well silently Except for some code 54s Whose brains over-recruit for visual tasks They see so damn well, even in 3 dimensions, that When silently reading they lack synapses to hear the words in their...
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