Impacting Our Kids’ Self-Image

I keep mulling over this quote:

“As a child he [Channing Tatum] struggled with A.D.H.D. and dyslexia, was prescribed stimulants and did poorly in school. “I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons,” he says. “Not having early success on that one path messes with you. You get lumped in classes with kids with autism and Down Syndrome, and you look around and say, Okay, so this is where I’m at. Or you get put in the typical classes and you say, All right, I’m obviously not like these kids either. So you’re kind of nowhere. You’re just different. The system is broken. If we can streamline a multibillion-dollar company, we should be able to help kids who struggle the way I did.””  Rob Haskell, Channing Tatum: A Work in Progress, New York Times (October 14, 2014).

How often do we put children in different programs, classrooms, schools, etc., with the hope that maybe this one will work, but with no thought of how this move could impact the child’s self-image?  Do we think about the impact on self-image of parading a shackled child through a crowded courthouse?  Do we really do our homework to evaluate the child’s needs or just use default programs and services for every kid who comes in contact with the system?

There is work to be done.

This entry was posted in Adolescent Development, Anti-Shackling, Disposition, Education, School-to-Prison Pipeline, Schools/Education and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s