I'm a huge fan of the television show, Monk. I love his ability to use his greatest weakness as his greatest strength. If you haven't seen the show, let me fill you in. You see, Monk is a private investigator that suffers from OCD. However, it's because of his OCD that he is able to notice details and find clues that no one else is able to identify. In doing so, he solves crime after crime. You may be asking yourself what in the world this has to do with education. Let me explain...
A couple of years ago, our oldest child got his driver's license. I was SO nervous and a complete wreck knowing that he would be on the roads...alone. I remember asking him to drive me on the interstate in Dallas because, I knew if he could handle Dallas traffic, he could certainly handle the small highway he would use to get from our home to work and school. He agreed but soon regretted that decision. As soon as he began to drive, I had all sorts of advice. "Slow down, use the blinker, how fast are you going, are you using your mirrors?" I was like a parrot in his ear just chirping away. Finally, he pulled over and said he couldn't drive with me providing constant direction.