Amanda - posted on 09/10/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )
I have a 8 year old who has been on ADHD/ODD medication for a couple of years now. He repeated kindergarten because I thought it was just because he was a young 5. I made it through 1st grade and seemed to be doing well. Now it has been a culture shock. His teacher states he is not where he should be and all the help he must have gotten to make it this far is not going to be available. She states she has 24 kids and no teaching asst that can be here to help him. He is an intelligent child and does well with encouragement and 1:1 help. The only problem is that the schools are not equipped to help this type of child. He just needs time and effort to be successful. I teach adults at a private college and do whatever I can to help them be successful. Why do I keep hearing about what the teacher can't do or what she is limited to during class time? NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND...LOL I think if they don't fit the mold or keep up they not only get left behind they are stomped into the ground and left for the vultures. I looked into private schools to get him in a school that understands his medical issues along with the scholastic concerns ($16,000-29,000). Ridiculous to ask a single mother to pay that. The tennis size hole in my wall shows just how much frustration he is feeling and my bags/dark circles are telling everybody that I am just as bent out of shape. What do you do? Move to another class, piss off the teacher, change schools? Will he be labeled as a difficult student? These are the increasing number of children that the government needs to focus on not the over achievers. My son won an award for the most improved last year and now they act like he is the dunce in class. How's that happen? Our children are just as smart and important as any other child.Help!!!!! I can't do the next 10 years of this hot mess. What happened to caring about our kids as teachers?