Ever feel like you are playing a game with the odds totally stacked against you?
Education for 100 points? “What age can your child start school?”
Did you say 5? No sorry, you may not start until you have already turned 6.
Education for 200 points? “Would it be possible to contact a school and discuss it?”
I am sorry. Do you seriously think they will want to take the disruptive always up to mischief child into a classroom?
I am so disappointed, disgusted, and disillusioned that, time again and again misinformation, misconception, misinterpretation, and misrepresentation, lead to a misunderstanding of some children.
I am tired of no one listening and everybody talking! I am tired of trying to explain:
- If you challenge him he settles to the task.
- He only causes issues when he is bored!
- He needs movement to process his world!
- He is not being defiant!
- He will quote you back verbatim for hours on end if you just… Let! Him! Move!”
I am now convinced talking to a brick wall would be easier! Disillusioned does not even begin to cover my disappointment in educators and the system they have created. Only 20pages on learning difficulties (LD) in the 600page educational psychology textbook for teachers does not help teachers understand anything but standard kids. Very few have heard of twice exceptional… let alone Gifted… and learning difficulties including dyslexia….
Teacher: “Isn’t Gifted, genius? He is really not that smart!”
“Isn’t dyslexia just an excuse to be lazy?”
Ok, time for a deep breathe! Smile! Remember to think calming thoughts before you talk and… don’t scream at anyone! You can not change ‘rude and ignorant’ so do not lower yourself to their level! Use new mantra: “Educate them! Educate them!” Obviously they think they know best! No that thought is not allowed! “Educate them!”
Thankfully, my crazy family had a solution to my as yet to occur chaos! My father’s infuriating mantra and answer to every impossible situation… “There is no such word as can’t!” and my mother’s response to my complaints about my father’s never-changing advice was “Just go and do something useful! Better still go and work out a different way to sort out your problem!” Which obviously left to me walking away grumbling “Thanks for nothing, Mum!”
Well, thanks for something very important, Mum! The education system may not be able to educate my impossible child, but I can!
Yes, that’s right! I can! Although, I will attempt to politely correct your misunderstanding and misconception and a whole bunch of other “mis-” that is involved with “dys-” (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia…) and I just need to let it go!
Me: “I said Twice-Exceptional! That is Gifted with a learning difficulty. In my son’s case dysgraphia is our super power! That’s mother speak for ‘this is a strength we need to learn to utilize’. Now we are on the same page, right?.
When I said “gifted” you thought I meant “prodigy”. I did not! I meant he is an asynchronously challenged child. His brain works differently.”
Are you confused yet? Good! So am I! Hopefully we might achieve something useful yet!