The youngest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar isn’t a baby anymore. Josie Duggar, 8, is growing up right before fans’ eyes. Of course, like all members of the famous family, she doesn’t attend a traditional school. According to a new reddit thread, some fans are worried that Josie’s homeschooling isn’t up to proper standards. A member of the Duggar fam (or a friend) posted a photo of Josie holding up a completed assignment from her lesson.
“Look who finished the whole grade! #teacherlife #bestlife,” the caption read. Fans guessed that Laura DeMasie posted the pic, but since Jana Duggar‘s BFF has a private Instagram — there’s no way to be 100% certain.
“Oh no, looking at this photo and the page in that book feels awkward because I teach kids Josie’s age ??,” one user commented. “I feel it’s reasonable to think that she might have special education needs. If so, the Duggars won’t know how to change the education curriculum to suit Josie’s needs. I worry that JB and Michelle probably are ignorant of education difficulties like Dyslexia (very common, very easily helped if managed properly), and instead having one of their strange IBLP beliefs about ‘curing’ needs like that.”
It’s true that if this is the level of Josie’s current education abilities, she is behind her peers. But, her delays could be caused by health problems she’s endured after being born prematurely. “I think they mentioned in the book JB had Dyslexia,” one fan offered.
“Yeah, it is possible that she has some kind of learning disability or cognitive delay to at least partially explain this,” another user added. “That said though, my friend teaches Grade 2, so her oldest students might be Josie’s age, and from what she has told me even her most delayed student (who has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) is doing work that is harder than this. It might be a combination of Josie having extra difficulties, and neither the Duggars nor any of their tutors knowing how to teach special ed, but we don’t know for sure, and every child is different.”
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