Category Archives: Confessions

Labeling is Real : Identify it and Overcome it

Thomas Scheff and David Rosenhans, among other sociologists and psychologists, have explained to us how labeling hurts people. People tend to live down to the labels they are given. Nowhere is this more true than among children who are labeled “stupid” or “bad” in school when they are young.

I explain the science just a little, give you some stories of children that I have seen, and give you a great technique that overcomes labeling.

More on What are Learning “Disabilities?”

Following our discussion of “learning disabilities” are — and are not , I continue giving you my read on what happens with “learning disabilities” in private schools and in homeschooling. I try to give you a peek into what it is like in the student’s mind. For this, see an old film called “How Difficult Can it Be?’ from F.A.T. City — widely available, link below. Then I also give you my best tips.

LABELING

Diagnoses, because of the dynamics of labeling can be really deadly.  They are often resisted because parents see them as death knells. They should be used as guidance to the educators. We have given you some idea of the process in public schools. Private purchases can get higher quality, but still there is often a gap of understanding. The best tests come out in reports that need to be translated into educational plans, and then those plans need to be followed. Perhaps refined.

Private schooling can avoid labels, give hope & motivation — and sometimes give individualized help. Homeschooling has the superior advantage of truly individualized programming. A child can be taught in the way she or he best learns. These students can be advanced dramatically in their areas of strength and still have time to catch up skills in another area. Stigma, labeling, and time pressure is eliminated. Often it is ideal, IF the mother/father/ or hired tutor has the vision, creativity and motivation to help the student excel.

PLAN OF ACTION

Use strengths to overcome weaknesses. Notice, what are called “disabilities” often are only weaknesses. These children CAN learn. Remediate weaknesses, but not to the point of failing to build up strengths. And be sure the child has a decent life!. Do not accept negative prophecies, but realize that not all students must be scholars. They do, however all need to be literate, get through school, and be able to choose a career.

This can be done. Faith for this is the first step. Then, there needs to be practical, innovative ideas. It is all of a piece. This broadcast is the only one that brings those two vital components together. And even as innocuous as this is, I have been suppressed. Therefore, please share with those who are interested!

RESOURCES

How Difficult can it be by F.A.T. City   https://vimeo.com/134226914?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImZCr0Luy-AIVVnZvBB17rgCyEAAYAiAAEgJklvD_BwE

outline of “How Difficult…” http://tedcec.zolkoski.com/assets/fat-city-dvd-notes.pdf

books related  http://www.ricklavoie.com/videos.html

HSLDA Home School Legal Defense Association  https://hslda.org/

THSC Texaas Home School Coalition  https://thsc.org/about/

For individual advice, homeschool coaching, or translation of Doctor’s/Psychologist’s findings, see  :  www.orgstrat.net

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled — Blessed Passover/Resurrection Sunday

Wow, can we get a slow news day? What a turmoil! Jesus knew. Jesus told us. And His words prevail: “Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.”

This year the celebrations of Passover, Resurrection Sunday, and Ramadan come together. This year, so much is happening and so much is being revealed. It is hard not to be troubled. It is imperative not to be complacent. How do we go forward? According to the Word of the Lord, we net our hearts not be troubled by believing in Him, by looking to Him, by repeating his Word.

In this episode, I go thru a number of Scriptures, touch on the times, and bring it back to 4 simple things to do to keep a peaceful, victorious life. No question. It will change your life. It will enrich the life and learning capacity of your child.

Please communicate with me. We discovered a huge batch of emails went to z-space. Apologies. I do want to hear from you.