This year, five of my six grandchildren graduated. The oldest grandchild from college, one from high school with a full scholarship, two from middle school and the youngest transitioning from elementary to middle school. I have another grandson who is on the Dean’s List and entering his junior year in college. Needless to say, I am quite proud of all my grandchildren. When my grandchildren started school, I can recall how excited they all were to finally be with children of their own age group. However, when my oldest grandchild entered primary school, things for him began to unravel in a most disturbing trend. He was label with having ADHD by no other than his first grade teacher. A few years later, another grandson was also label with having ADHD and another with a behavioral problem. And then another grandson was label with a learning disability. Do you see a pattern? All four of my grandsons had not yet reached the age of ten before they were being placed in a group that did not fit their upbringing, intellect, behavior or character.
Now, the story I am sharing with you today is about my oldest grandson. He entered first grade cheerful and outgoing but his teacher felt that my grandson was just too hyper in class. My daughter and son-in-law were told that their son needed to see a school psychologist. When my daughter refused to turn their child over to the psychologist, the teacher suggested that perhaps giving my grandson black coffee in the morning would help calm him down. Her suggestion was laughable but also a wake up call for my daughters and sons-in-law about what they were going to have to face in making sure that their children would not become part of an education system that is more apt to use pills than pens to educate the next generation.
My sister who is a special-education teacher for primary grades has often spoken of how frustrated and dishearten she has become to find so many of her students on medication for ADHD. Her dedication to each child is to be commended. But as she has expressed on many occasions to me, that too many well-meaning teachers are behind accepting the ADHD and Learning Disability labels and convincing parents that their child is unmanageable to learn. And as she tells it, some of these parents are convinced that their child is disabled and therefore eligible to receive SSI. For parents living with this mindset, they may think receiving more government aid is okay but the long-term effects for their child may well be harmful both emotional and physical by the time their child reaches adulthood. And who do you think wins in this farce? Not the child and neither do the parents.
Before fall school session begins, let us all be mindful that we have a lot to lose and it is our children and their future.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children[a] of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
6 He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate
In Him Alone,
The Counterfeit Christian
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