Reply To: Teen admittedly quit trying at school

Penny Williams

Thanks for your kind note and insights.

You are so right when you said, “our “fit in this box” educational system is breaking his spirit.” It is really heartbreaking. He used to LOVE math and science. Truly LOVE it. But worksheets and essays don’t work for him (because of ADHD struggles, but also the addition of Dysgraphia), and he’s just done with it. If a truly hands-on, experiential school were accessible to us, it would make all the difference in the world, but it’s not.

School has taught him to avoid learning and exploration, because they aren’t open to kids learning in their own ways. 🙁

I’m hoping we can still turn this around for him, but it’s tough to have any optimism for that now.

ADDitude Community Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism