Date: April 12, 2018 12:40AM
When my sons were in school, they did well in subjects that interested them. Most subjects did not. No amount of either encouragement/reward or punishment could change the barely-scraping-by grades.
My best friend was a teacher, and she told me to get my boys tested for ADD. My older son had pretty much floundered his way through high school, but my younger son responded very well to Dexedrine. His first two years of high school were appalling, but his last two years, when he was able to focus, were great. His self-esteem just soared.
Which led me to wonder if I had ADD. Nobody knew about it back then, of course, but the classic pattern fit: I excelled at things that interested me (which nearly everything did) but bombed dismally at math and science.
my mother did everything she could to make my life miserable about math grades: grounding, no phone privileges, no week ends or movie time with my best friend, no class trips - nothing until my math grades came up. They never did, because no amount of self discipline could force me to pay attention to something that I truly did not care about. Nor punishment. You can't force yourself to pay attention to something that TRULY does not interest you when you have ADD. My only saving grace was that virtually everything ELSE fascinated me.
I graduated in the top 10 per cent of my class, but only because of two required math classes, and straight As in everything else.
The dear old retired admiral who taught my final geometry class told my mother at a conference in May of my sophomore year that he was going to allow me to pass, despite not have a clue about even the basic concepts, because I quite clearly got As in everything else, and why hold me back?
I went on to major in Spanish and minor in German, and loved every minute. I didn't have to sit through so much as ten minutes of math in college. It was a joy.
Date: April 15, 2018 08:54AM
Most educators nowadays feel that Einstein may well have had a learning disability. Learning disabled people can be highly intelligent. But their brains are wired differently from the norm when it comes to learning. Einstein, IMO, just had to figure out another way to get the job of reading done, which he was obviously able to do in time.
There is a lot educators didn't know in the old days. Same for physicians, scientists, etc. Knowledge is constantly advancing. Now educators are rather adept at flagging potential ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, psychological issues, possible developmental delays, possible autism, etc. Plus there are a whole battery of professionals to assist with testing when necessary.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/15/2018 08:59AM by summer.