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Helen Robinson

What's copied below sound familiar. Didn't I see this in the Sir Ken Robinson's animated presentation? This suggests that traditional school kill creativity! "We are much less disaffirming of the weaknesses of the majority. We don't, for example, consider an uncreative child as having a disability because most people are not particularly creative. According to one study, 98 percent of 3-5 year olds scored at the genius level on a creativity test, 32 percent scored at that level 5 years later and only 2 percent of adults. We consider being creative as possessing a special ability, but don't consider lacking creativity as possessing a disability. The uncreative child never visits a tutor."

David Bernstein

Helen, Thanks for the comment. I've certainly been very influenced by Ken Robinson but this was not taken from his video. The study I cited, I'm pretty sure, was different from the study he cited. I don't think Robinson ever said anything to the effect of: We consider being creative as possessing a special ability, but don't consider lacking creativity as possessing a disability. The uncreative child never visits a tutor."

Margaret Turner

David, Your article is an empowering blessing to me. I have a third grader whom I adopted when she was 21 months old. Although they have told me she is "behind three years" (we've been talking with educators about this for three years), we are about to get an IEP study done to see "if she qualifies." I have been quite frustrated with the special education and instructor attitudes at her school and am about ready to call it quits in nursing school to homeschool my daughter. She is bright, articulate, very social, compassionate, funny, quite artistic, a gifted dancer... Can you tell I'm proud?
I have, over the last two weeks, put together a reading program which she and I can work on together. Meanwhile, we await developmental studies, ruling out dyslexia workups, and ADHD questionaires as nauseum.
As to her future, I expect my daughter will excel in WHO she is rather than WHAT the school sees and continue to be a gift both to her family and society.
Thank you, again.


David Bernstein

Margaret, That's great. A friend of mine, a successful CEO for large scale nonprofits, told me she didn't start reading until she was 12. It's wonderful when parents don't get sucked into the school's conception of success and give their children he breathing room they need to develop in their own way and their own pace.

Tara Bernstein

First off I believe that children are grossly overdiagnosed with ADHD and autism simply because society demands that we put a label on any child who does not perform like the proverbial "seal". We are a society that needs to pathologize everything instead of giving a child more time to develop-every child develops at their own rate. Some clinicians try to slap a label on Logan and I suggested that if it happened that I would have an attorney at the next meeting-they backed down and just gave him the services he needed.. Some children are just plain quirky, not disabled. Quirky is good because it is what makes our world interesting. This is the very reason I tell the parents I work with to be careful about accepting a diagnosis just to get services, accept the correct diagnosis to get the appropriate services. Also I believe that people with ADHD are amazing at multitasking, which is a very valuable skill in the corporate world. Not every person should be a doctor, lawyer, Indian chief-there is need for writers, artists, singers, dancers, plumbers, etc. We should not impose society's view of success onto our children, but let them explore what piques their interest. We tend to perform better at tasks we enjoy. Lastly, I think that people jump to medicine too quickly without having tried other methods of managing a "disorder". Logan has a behavioral plan and it is working thus far, but that can change at any second. Medicine should be the very last resort-just my opinion.

EmamiJ

Fantastic article. I love how you urge caution at labelling people and bring up the need to redefine what's beneficial for our society. I think the ed system is still stuck in the 1950s and getting worse. I wish there was a way to revamp it from the ground up. Let's start with standing desks!

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