Re: What does "ADD" mean ?
Bruce Harper (bharper@VT.EDU)
Fri, 3 Mar 1995 09:56:06 +0900
On 3/2/95, Bob McGwier wrote:
>Attention Deficit Disorder: . . .
>I wonder how
>many kids in areas that do not have adequate screening in schools or
>knowledgeable teachers/counselors are shunted into lifelong pigeon holes that
>are not NECESSARY if treated properly.
This is not a flame, just a comment from the spouse of a teacher.
Please don't generalize about teachers and counselors being ignorant of
learning problems. Yes, there are those who would be blind to almost
anything, but any teacher who paid attention in college would have been
exposed to a variety of information about how to recognize learning
problems in children (and, depending on the classes, would have learned
some methods to deal with the problems). My wife is a fifth grade teacher,
is certified as a special education teacher (and taught in that area for
12 years), and can easily point out problem children _and_ the problem
parents that go with them. Teachers can refer any child for evaluation,
but unless _the parents_ act, the child remains a problem. Some parents
don't want to admit that their child has a problem, so he or she continues
to act up in school while the teachers mutter and grumble under their
breath about the $%@$$^*#@$ parents who won't put the child on medication
or take any other necessary steps to help the child.
As a Scout leader, would you like to be criticized because a child isn't
advancing, earning Arrow Points, or learning the necessary items, despite
all your hard work during den/troop meetings? If the parents aren't helping
the child at home, there is little you can do in the brief time you have
the child in your care--should you be soundly criticized for that? No, and
teachers should not be hit with blanket criticizm when they may be doing
the best they can in a situation beyond their control.
<off of soap box, sorry, but there is only so much others beyond the
parents can do to raise children--if the parents don't take responsibility,
blame them, not the system.>
Bruce in Blacksburg
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