Sue Ellen Jackson
Dear Sue Ellen,
I am starting to see reminders everywhere that school is about to start again and I really dread it. My third- grader is a smart boy but has a very difficult time with reading. When he had reading homework last year, it was a battle. It took him hours to read one chapter, and I wonder if he has some kind of reading disability, but the teachers assure me he is just lazy. Do you think I should have him tested to see if he does have some kind of disability?
I really hate it when teachers tell parents their kids are lazy. Even if a kid is lazy, it’s still the teacher’s responsibility to find ways to inspire and motivate them, but sadly, sometimes that doesn’t happen for a lot of reasons. Teachers say their classrooms are too big, or the kids are all unruly or “bad” kids. I’ve heard teachers say they have too many administrative tasks to perform, taking up too much of their time. Is it really that much harder to teach kids than 100 years ago when there were one-room schoolhouses with all grade levels in that one room? To all teachers: I salute you! You are my heroes! Please don’t label our kids!
I know for a fact that teachers talk. They talk about kids… they talk about kid’s families… they talk about each other and they talk about other school officials. In our country, we have very strict laws about confidentiality with a person’s medical record, so why not extend that to teachers protecting the children in their classroom?
There are resources that support children with learning disabilities; but you may have to fight for them and you may run the risk of teachers talking about your child, and passing their opinions on to the teachers in the next grade level. If I were you, I would contact the Independent School District you live in and ask for help. Don’t give up, even if you get the run-around. Be persistent. I have a grandchild that is dyslexic. Her parents fought for her to have support in the classroom. She is now in high school and is doing very well with her grades. I think she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Hmmmm… obviously there are still some outstanding teachers out there that inspire children. BRAVO!
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