Success Story: Speaking of Dreams…

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In case you haven’t seen the video of Susan Boyle singing “I Dreamed a Dream ” from Britain’s Got Talent (British version of American Idol), here’s your chance. This video is an Internet sensation and has been viewed more than 13 23 million times in five six days.

Susan Boyle is described as “humble, modest, extraordinary, powerful …” An amazing performance from a woman who said: “I was born with a disability and that made me a target for bullies. I was called names because of my fuzzy hair and because I struggled in class… ” Despite these obstacles,  Susan never gave up. Will Susan win Britain’s Got Talent show this year?

Also sensational from the 2008 Britain’s Got Talent Show, see 13 year old Andrew Johnston.

Though visibly shaking on stage, Andrew told the huge crowd he’d been bullied at school all his life for singing. “I get bullied a lot at the local school,” he said. “My mates have been telling us to leave it because they don’t like that kind of music.”

Susan and Andrew are an inspiration for all of us.

  1. The world tips when Susan Boyle and Andrew Johnston sing.
    Their voices are proof that there are angels among us.
    George Bernard Shaw asked (in St. Joan of Arc):
    “When will the world be ready for its saints?”
    I say now’s as good a time as any.

  2. We each have unique talents and abilities JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

    I think it would be appropriate to stop the competition and award the title to Susan. I don’t think she should get it despite her differences. I think she deserves it.

    God is not sitting by saying I made a mistake; I hope this one can find her place in the world. Each of us has a gift and something to offer. The time has come for us to stop allowing public schools and society to dictate who we are and what we are good at.

  3. We agree. Susan’s performance has taken the world by storm. Learning about Susan’s life upped the ante.

    It’s hard to imagine Susan or Andrew on American Idol – the British version features people with many different talents.

  4. I have repeatedly watched these two videos. In the US, in many school districts, extras such as music and art are being cut from the curriculum. Who knows which of our special children who struggle with reading and math have the ability to produce what these two have?
    A child who is not given opportunities outside of the academic arena is being denied the possibility of future success. This includes more practical areas as well (electric shop, woodworking shop, home economics, etc). If this isn’t a reason to demand that music and art be placed into every curriculum – gen or spec ed, I just don’t know what education is coming to.
    Kudos to both of this talented performers. The voting is immaterial. They have already won.
    Sharon 🙂

  5. BRAVO SUSAN!! I get a lump in my throat after watching this each time. Sad statement about prevailing attitudes, but triumphant for this wonderful spirit! I hope she has a support system b/c she is about to be overwhelmed.

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