Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Freaking Aholes

My wife just came back from a meeting with the arbitrator for special ed. Basically this is the person who fairly and unbiasedly steps in and discusses options for children with learning needs. My son is diagnoses as having dyslexia and other issues related to this. The school has been very unhelpful in getting him the education he needs. He is currently in fifth grade.

So the mediator basically told my wife that she should be happy and let my son become a basket weaver. He will do good in things that do not need reading skills she said like marketing and sales.

When this tact did not appear to get the desired result, the wife agreeing to the non-plan they have, she then said well if you decide to sue the school to get proper training and you lose then you will be stuck paying huge legal bills to the school for the case.

Mediator my ass. I am so fucking pissed. I swear I feel like shooting a load in her eye and saying "Hey you could be a fucking whore for a living". Stupid fat cow. Despite his reading issues my son is very intelligent and it makes me extremely mad that they are trying to write him off in fifth freaking grade. Although I have reservations about his proclamations of becoming a filthy rich baseball player or football player at this time I have no doubt he will be successful in whatever he does. He is too smart to fail. Bureaucracy is so fucking retarded.


Blogger Loretta8 said...

"Mediator my ass. I am so fucking pissed. I swear I feel like shooting a load in her eye and saying "Hey you could be a fucking whore for a living". Stupid fat cow"

LOL, typical/awesome that's your first response.

seriously though that sucks, best of luck to you and your son

9:22 AM

Blogger Katitude said...

welcome to the bureaucracy that is a public school board. Which makes me oh so happy I am at an independent school.

are there any tutoring/private options you can look at?

10:13 AM

Blogger lightning36 said...

I agree with Kat -- public schools suck when it comes to these types of issues. Thank goodness some individual teachers are in it for the right reasons and go above and beyond.

10:25 AM

Blogger Astin said...

You didn't teach him to read, did you? Because then it might not be dyslexia, just bad training...

Seriously though, there are plenty of methods of working with dyslexic kids, and if the school won't help, it wouldn't hurt to look into private tutoring/help along with seeing what you can do at home.

One thing they don't mention with dyslexia is how it can affect other aspects too. Reading/writing is just a manifestation of the problem. I have a dyslexic cousin who became an electrician - and he wires shit backwards all the time.

11:17 AM

Blogger StB said...

Sounds like he has a future as a poker pro.

11:54 AM

Blogger BamBam said...

It's bullshit!

Totally agree with Kat. Check into the possibility of private schooling or a tutor.

1:50 PM

Blogger Mike G said...

I thought all the kids of poker pros went to private schools - because, you know, poker is such a profitable profession. Oh wait that's doctors, lawyers and prison guards lol

7:32 PM

Blogger TulaTh said...

I'm really really glad that you as his father have such passion for his role in this world and that would be the reason he will succeed in anything he chooses to do...

How dare a 5th grade teacher speak words over this childs life, she should be arrested it's abuse and I for one deal with this and have the same approach as you have!!
You go man... its people like Einstein that changed the world and he couldn't talk at 4 years old, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrom and dropped out of school and of course lets not even go into the backround of Bill Gates.... do some research before you go blabbing off your mouth about forseeing a child future as intelligent and actively involved with sport the he is. gonna be making baskets for a living!! what a joke teacher needs to get her teaching degree up to scratch or give up the profession altogether.

Hoooray to you.. dad, you ROCK!!

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2:08 AM

Blogger Hayley said...

omg the more I read about Poker the more confusing it gets!

4:50 PM

Blogger FleaStiff said...

Well, it was either an arbitrator or it was a mediator... it can't be both! They are two separate proceedings.

The law is on your side as reasonable and appropriate is not limited to any particular type or class of future employment.

By the way, have you tried having him read through translucent purple plastic. Some of those cheap clipboards work fine. Works wonders for some reason.

8:06 AM

Blogger Alan aka RecessRampage said...

Diagnosis these days are insane. There's a fuckin term for everything. If someone doesn't fit into a certain peg, they have a disease. So much for someone trying alternative methods.

Fuck them. Seriously, find someone else that could try to help.

2:31 PM

Blogger FleaStiff said...

Lets face it, most reading instruction for special ed students is simply to a group and is not aimed at the problems of the individual students, however, the IEP must consider reading skills and may not simply determine that reading is a non-relevant task because they think his existing skills and personality make some particular career likely. After all, highly paid baseball players do need to read. The IEP should address both remedial reading instruction to alleviate present deficits as well as instruction to prevent any further deterioration of skill in relation to his advancing peers.

9:38 AM


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