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Is public school suggesting that your child has ADHD? Are they recommending Special Education? There are things you should know before you agree to testing, and before you agree to subsequent labels, meds, and Special Ed. BEYOND MIS-EDUCATION was written to help parents advocate for children whose public school teachers don't understand their energy and/or their "attention span." Sometimes these children are actually highly gifted and their class placement is at fault. Black boys are at high risk of not having their giftedness recognized at all in public schools due to preconceived low expectations and the belief that they are little more than behavior problems that need to be subdued. Without informed parental advocacy, the school-to-prison pipeline might be in their future.
I consider myself a public school survivor, and my son a public
school escapee. My college degree enabled me to homeschool in Virginia without needing approval for my methods. (Different states have different requirements.)
From being a classroom volunteer when my son was little, to being asubstitute teacher after he grew up, I continually observed that public schools didn't seem to be doing things in the best interest of students. I saw that it wasn't rare for students to suffer at the hands of inflexible educators and administrators that didn't "get it."
I wrote BEYOND MIS-EDUCATION to share my son's story along with information and suggestions to help other parents and children. I speak to concerned groups about the public education crisis faced by gifted children in general, and Black boys in particular.
When I'm not speaking or writing to advocate for public school children, I'm usually editing, proofreading, or ghostwriting for other authors. If you need any of those services, you can find me on Thumbtack.