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Subject: Public school and ADHD
Date Posted: 9/5/2007 10:29 AM ET
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oh this makes me so mad!!!!!

A friend of mine's little boy started kindergarten yesterday. She has considered homeschooling, but wanted to try this first, plus she is dealing with a sick mother and is in a high risk pregnancy herself right now, so it would be best not to tackle it right now anyway.

SO, he started school yesterday. She emails me this morning saying that she got called to the school yesterday. He was being disruptinve and inattentive. Hello, he's 6, first day of school, EXCITING! I remember it being crazy the first few days of school until everyone settled in.

So, they moved him to another kindergarten class "for kids like him" (Not sure what that means) and want him tested for ADHD! On the first day!

This makes me so mad!

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 11:45 AM ET
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Wow, so his first experience with school was rejection.

Also, something sounds the alarm bells when you said that they moved him to a different class for kids like him.

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 1:39 PM ET
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that's what I was thinking too Michelle. I'll wait to talk to her some more and get more details.

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 1:48 PM ET
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Yes, please fill me in. I'm interested in their logic. Some schools (and I know this from friends' experiences) end up telling parents that their children must be medicated for their "adhd". Schools are getting nervy, I think.

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 1:53 PM ET
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I find this really interesting that it was the first day of school and kindergarten at that! Show me a child that age that is not a ball of energy!

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 3:07 PM ET
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WWWHHHHATTT?!  That's a terrible statement for the first day of school.  Plus have these people never truly looked at ALL of the learning styles.  My ds is an active learner, but my dh was/is the same way.  Some people learn better not sitting still and I hate to see that entire segment of students be unfairly categorized as needing medication.  Give me a break.

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 4:54 PM ET
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That is HORRIBLE!!!!!!

 

...And thanks, I needed this. Right now I'm being bombarded with cute photos and stories of all my DD's friends' cute first day of Kindergarten, and though I don't doubt my choice to homeschool in the least bit, I have started to feel nostalgic for our own snapshot which will never be included in my kids' scrapbooks. I get to thinking about my own first day of Kindergarten, getting a new dress, new shoes, new backback, a photo taken by the yellow bus, etc etc...

This just really reminds me that real life is not the same warm sepia image that I remember from the 1970's.

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 6:46 PM ET
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I still take the pictures. :) And get the new dresses.  Our first day of school is always photographed...but aren't we lucky that we can have pictures of our kids IN SCHOOL! DOING school things! :) The parents of public school students could never have those...not without a major uproar in privacy policy nuts.

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 3:01 PM ET
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That is terrible its no wonder why parents are pulling their kids out left and right!