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.