Today’s students are doing poorly partly because the School system is less interested in teaching, and focus more on “marketing”. This race for additional funding can become evil. This is not helping our kids learn. The interest is in doping them up in exchange for “fund raising”.
Don’t Use My Kid for Your “Fund Raising”
If you have ever had a hard time getting your child interested in learning, you are not alone. Eighty percent of American children have some trouble learning initially. Keep in mind that everyone was young once. Even you weren’t born knowing everything. (Although each one of us would like to believe we were!) Each child learns at his or her own speed and with proficiency in specific areas. For example: some children seem to “get” math easily, while others lean more toward reading. Isn’t that what learning is all about? Children are not born with the “knowledge” of reading and writing. They are supposed to learn a little at a time.
There will be some students that seem to be learning at a slower pace than others. This is completely normal, but these students will be assigned an EIP. Be especially vigilant if this is the case for your child. EIP’s were originally designed to help come up with different approaches to teaching. They enlist a panel to “help” your child’s teachers find new ways to teach that are supposed to be geared toward your child’s particular learning style.
It’s an excellent concept if that was the true purpose. The truth is, it’s a way to meet with you to see how gullible you are and see if you can be sold on the idea that (ADD ADHD) exists (it doesn’t) and that your child “has” it.
Here’s how it works:
The idea is to try to get YOU to help the school label your child as “mentally handicapped”. The school is not allowed to “practice’ medicine, so they get around that hang-up by getting YOU to sign a permission form for you to do it yourself! Sometimes it is called a “Snap C Checklist”, but it has other names. It gives them the right to question you about your child’s habits, even what you and your family do while at home! Then they can invite outside “mental health” officials to come in the school and “observe” your child for “mental illness”.
Trust me, they WILL find some. Why? Everyone who can pay for “services’ probably has mental illness. And you will be BOUND by their “findings”.
At this point they are allowed to (strongly suggest) that you seek “mental health” (HELP) for your child. This means that you are directed by the school to see a Psychiatrist. They will tell you it is your choice to follow this recommendation, but you are made to seem by them that you are refusing medical attention for your child if you refuse. It does not matter if it is against your beliefs.
I would strongly caution you to think of motives here. The school plays on your own emotional attachment to your child, and your sincere desire to help him/her in school. Who wouldn’t? Also, the school officials want to “help” your child too, right? What do they have to gain by encouraging something that is not in the child’s best interest?
Money is a good motiv