Jonathan Mooney is the author of The Short Bus: A Journey beyond Normal, a memoir about his experience attending a school for children with learning disabilities. In the book, Mooney chronicles his journey from being a student in the short bus to becoming an advocate for children with learning disabilities.
He shares his story in order to raise awareness about the challenges that these children face and to promote inclusion. Mooney’s story is one of hope and inspiration, and it provides readers with a unique perspective on the world of learning disabilities.
The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal, by Jonathan Mooney, is the tale of his trip across the United States in a short bus to visit with children and their families who have struggled in school due to ADD, ADHD, or Autism.
Jonathan Mooney, himself having been diagnosed with dyslexia in the second grade, was always an outsider looking in when it came to the “normal” world. So, he decided to take matters into his own hands and set out on a journey to visit families who are also considered “outside of the norm.” What he found during his travels is that these children and their families are just like him – they’re normal, just in their own unique way.
Jonathan’s book provides readers with an intimate look into the lives of those who live with learning disabilities, and how they overcome the challenges that come along with them. It is an inspiring story of hope and determination, and a reminder that we all have our own unique gifts to offer the world.
Mr. Andrew Mooney, the author’s father, was himself afflicted with Dyslexia and frequently had to face many difficulties in school, but he appears to be one of the luckier ones who was able to overcome his condition and obtain a degree in English.
It should go without saying that his book and trip lead the reader to question what is “normal,” as well as how people’s attitudes towards it have skewed the odds against those who don’t fit the mold. This narrative, for me personally, provided several instances that I found emotional and had the potential to influence my future work in education.
Jonathan’s account of his journey provides a great deal of insight that is not only limited to individuals with disabilities, but speaks to anyone who has ever felt othered or abnormal in some way. Jonathan’s story starts with him recounting his difficulties as a student in school, and how he was placed in special education classes because of his dyslexia.
He goes on to describe how he felt about this labeling, and how it ultimately led him to rebel against the system. Jonathan’s story is one of hope and resilience, two traits that are so important for anyone facing difficult odds. I think that his story has the potential to inspire anyone who reads it, disabled or not.
Jonathan Mooney’s The Short Bus is a powerful memoir about his journey with dyslexia, and how it has shaped his life. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a moving story about overcoming adversity, or anyone who wants to better understand the experience of living with a disability.
The term “normal” is a constant presence in Jonathan’s book. I believe this is a significant issue when it comes to education. Some educators, as well as the system, have been persuaded that all children should fit into the same mold of “average,” and those who don’t are labeled as “learning disabled” and classified as either unintentionally persecuted or put on a separate track from those who do.
Jonathan makes a compelling argument that it is not just the “learning disabled” who don’t fit into this mold of normal, but many children do not. And so the real question becomes, why are we still educating all children as if they do fit into this one size fits all model? Jonathan provides his own answer to this through his experience on the short bus, and I think it is a very interesting perspective that is definitely worth reading.
What I took away from this is that no one is normal, especially when it comes to learning. Yes, there are kids who have difficulties such as ADD, ADHD, and so on, but this does not make them any less able. Even those who appear to be “average” learn in different ways and successfully disprove the notion of “normal.”
Jonathan Mooney journeyed in a short bus to learn more about himself and others like him, he found that even those who are seen as “disabled” can achieve great things. Jonathan Mooney is someone who was once told he would never amount to anything because of his learning disabilities, but he not only proved them wrong, he wrote a book about it.
The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal is the story of Jonathan Mooney’s cross-country odyssey attending mainstream schools while attempting to answer the question: What is normal? JonathanMooney.net provides additional resources for readers including Jonathan’s blog, events, media, and ways to get involved. Jonathan Mooney is an author, speaker, and educational consultant. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, Fox News, and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Jonathan lives in Brooklyn, NY.
At the end, “The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Norma;” by Jonathan Mooney was incredibly inspiring, and it raised a lot of issues regarding how the educational system may need to evaluate its approach to individuals with learning disabilities like ADD/ADHD, and Dyslexia. All of this I will consider as a teacher after all, even those who have different learning impairments still deserve the best education possible.
Jonathan Mooney was born with dyslexia and ADD, and was not expected to amount to much. In fact, he was told by many teachers and educational professionals that he would never be able to attend college, let alone graduate. But Jonathan did not give up, he fought against all odds and eventually ended up attending Brown University.
After Jonathan’s success story began to spread, he decided to embark on a journey across America in what he called “The Short Bus”. The “Short Bus” was a bus that Jonathan converted into his own personal RV, and it was during this journey that Jonathan set out to prove that those with learning disabilities can achieve great things if they are given the proper support and resources.
Jonathan’s journey began in Rhode Island and took him all the way to California. Along the way, Jonathan visited dozens of schools and talked to hundreds of students with learning disabilities. He also talked to many teachers and educational professionals in order to get their perspectives on how best to serve those with learning disabilities. Jonathan’s ultimate goal was to show that there is no “one size fits all” approach to education, and that each student should be treated as an individual.
One of the most inspiring aspects of Jonathan’s journey was his willingness to talk about his own struggles with dyslexia and ADD. Jonathan was very open about how he had difficulty reading and writing growing up, and how he was often made fun of by his classmates. Jonathan’s openness encouraged many other students with learning disabilities to share their own stories, and it quickly became clear that Jonathan was not alone in his struggles.
Jonathan’s journey ultimately led him to some very important conclusions about the state of education for those with learning disabilities. Jonathan found that many students with learning disabilities are not receiving the support they need in order to succeed. He also found that many teachers are not properly trained to deal with the unique needs of those with learning disabilities. As a result, Jonathan has become an advocate for change, and he is working to raise awareness about the importance of supporting those with learning disabilities.