In fourth grade Jonathan Mooney hid in the bathroom to avoid reading in front of the class because of his dyslexia. By fifth grade he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). By sixth grade Mooney dropped out of school and contemplated suicide.
The following faculty Q&A was submitted by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Faculty Advocacy Committee, a committee of the Faculty Senate. Ava McCall, chair of the department of Curriculum and Instruction, wrote the introduction.
Cairo, Egypt—known as one of the oldest cities in the world and currently a place of protest—is home to alumnus Kim Nerenhausen and his fifth grade class, who are being mentored over the Internet by University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students.
As a child Jonathan Mooney’s teachers labeled him as severely learning disabled because he could not follow directions, sit still or read well. He feared he lost his chance to be a “normal kid” and, along with other kids facing similar challenges, was belittled daily.