The threat of that diagnosis prompted us to homeschool.
As a teacher myself, I knew that my “wildman” son would drive any poor elementary teacher with a room full of kids crazy.
I was able to make him run laps BEFORE “classes”, and had no problem letting him read his lessons while standing on his head (literally).
The entire model of a little red school house wherein docile children listen attentively while some school marm fills their heads with IMPORTANT FACTS, TIMELESS WISDOM, and MORAL RECTITUDE is so contrary to human nature and human experience that one wonders how anyone could ever come to have taken it seriously. Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, and Thomas Edison were all people who were completely antagonistic towards formal education as they encountered it. They wouldn’t have that problem today, educrats would have them all sedated during the decade of their lives encompassing seven through seventeen to keep them from making trouble.
Us too. We moved to VA before my oldest entered first grade, and the counselor and teacher called us and told us that he had ADD, because he would not pay attention. One out of four kids had ADD, they said, so it was normal to take Ritalin, they said. I asked if they tested him, because he might just be bored. No...they had not, so I requested that before agreeing to continue the conversation.
They tested him....4th grade reading and math skills in first grade (just as I knew it would be).
I told them to go fly a kite.
After investigating more, I found out that they received hundreds of dollars per student that they could claiisfy as disabled in any way.
Follow the money, always.
We moved back to Alabama, started homeschooling him, and he ended up with a full ride scholarship, graduated with honors in mathematics, and got his masters in mathematics all in less than 5 years.
You know him here...he is our very own freeper UltraSonic007.
The scam is on multiple levels....parents need to be prepared.