Wednesday, May 04, 2005


I've been message boarding again. It's quite heartening to share other parent's experiences with their school administrations. Reading of their struggles with teachers and Special Ed makes me realize that we were 100% right in pulling Z out of school. There are hundreds of parents out there that are having the exact same problems that we did!

Equally disheartening is the fact that there are hundreds of kids, connected to these parents, that are being failed by the system. These kids suffer from a variety of maladies including dyslexia, ADHD, TS, Asperger's Syndrome, auditory dysfunctions and many others I've never heard of. Many of these parents have spent their last penny getting their children specialized tutoring, only to have their school systems refuse to incorporate these successful learning methods into their child's IEP(Individual Education Plan). One dyslexic child, that had already been held back a year, started getting A's and B's in all his classes using the methods taught in his tutoring sessions. The school, however, decided to hold him back another year because his reading level was 2 yrs behind his peers. Wake up people!! This child will probably never read at his age level. He has learned to compensate by using memorization techniques so he doesn't have to rely on reading alone. Instead of encouraging this child for overcoming his handicap; the school chose to demoralize him by failing him again.

Many parents are asking how they can get their schools to accept the diagnosis of their psychiatrists and neurologists. These parents are all doing the responsible thing and having their children tested, at their own expense, and their schools refuse to acknowledge the findings.

My question is: HOW DO WE FIX THIS?


At 5/05/2005 7:06 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

You first have to elect a government that gives a shit about education and is focused on the welfare of your children, not gallivanting around the world messing in other peoples' business, or pouring money into trying to get to Mars.

I hear your frustration, and I can unfortunately do little for you but read your blog and send you positive energy.

At 5/07/2005 12:12 PM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

I too, can do little but commiserate. I ahve three ADD children. All became so frustrated with school they dropped out. I have a close friend who's son has tourette's. He has been fortunate. With the help of her family, she has been abe to send him to a parochial school that really takes an interest in and works with him.

the good news is that the two oldest of my children have gotten there GED's and are working, funtioning members of society, and great young men. My daughter, the youngest, is the spunkiest, and is well on her way to being a self sufficient youn woman. But it was sure frustarting getting them there!

At 5/07/2005 1:38 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Thanks Bear! This is the kind of thing I need to hear! We somehow managed to get 1 kid out into the world. Now we need to believe that we can do the same for the 2nd one.


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