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10 Ways We Would Fix the U.S. School System

Our kids are remarkable. They have unmatched gifts and perspectives. Yet they struggle academically — in large part because schools are not traditionally set up to recognize and build upon their learning styles. The solutions, it turns out, are often easier to visualize than they are to enact. Here is how we would start to re-think school.

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  1. Here is what I have a very difficult time understanding. ADHD is recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Why is it that we are still having to ask for accommodations, for teachers to receive training, for schools to take the diagnosis more seriously ? Why isn’t anything being done to hold our US education department accountable (for those of us in the US)?
    It’s not much different from looking at laws that we have to follow in every day society – don’t speed, wear your seatbelt, etc that without police to enforce the laws- dont really mean a whole lot.

    Why are we, the parents, left with having to police the school system ? It is so discouraging. After 14 years of educating myself about adhd I feel that I have become an expert on what schools need to do to support our children. We parents can be the most ADHD educated group of people in the world but if you have to go to battle with your school each time your child needs something with most of those battles resulting in little positive headway being made for the child while destroying the mental health of the parent and child in the process – I mean come on! We need to do something different. We need to take on the system. I love the articles and information you post and have learned so much from this website over the years. If educating myself had actually worked and been helpful for my son I would be praising all of your ideas as well as everything I learned from my local parent support center over the years.

    I don’t mean to say the information didn’t help at all. We had some small wins but the toll it took on him – hospitalized with suicidal ideations, severe depression and anxiety, and then having to finish up his senior year at home instead of at school with his friends – he may never be the same kid. This has crushed his spirit and any bit of self confidence he had before this. He hasn’t been the same person for many years now and it’s painful to watch him have to do the hard work to overcome what has been done to him by a system so underfunded, mismanaged and untouchable (ie- I don’t think there are too many people filing lawsuits against school districts and from what I have read over the years on Wright’s Law – not sure that many of them are successful).

    Does anyone else feel like this ?

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