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Victims of school failure

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Victims of school failure

In this day and age learning disabilities are attracting people's attention. Many kids go through school almost in a daze not knowing exactly what is going on. At times, teachers will ignore the problem and teach the rest of the class. There is a wide variety of learning disabilities, but the most common one is Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.). Problems occurring at school are usually the reason for a diagnosis of ADD. Children with this disability experience difficulties in many skills needed for academic success. Their poor learning skills cause academic problems and under-developed social skills. Children with ADD are often mistreated.

In many cases, children with ADD feel left out from the rest of the class. These children are being pushed aside and overlooked. "ADD has been estimated to affect three to five percent of school-age children nationwide, with fewer than three percent actually receiving medication." (Barisic A8.) With so many children being diagnosed, ADD is becoming a norm. People

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assume these children need specific drugs or special classes for appropriate teaching; however, these children simply need more attention, they are not dumb. For some reason learning different, does not seem like a disability to me.

"School has always been the only place I have felt really worthless." (Ungerleider 178.) Throughout my junior and senior year in high school, my best friend and I had three classes together. Except he only went to his classes twice a week. On the other days he would go to the special-ed class. This might seem all right to some people, but I think he was treated like an outcast. He did not have a choice in the matter that is what he had to do because he had ADD. At any rate he was still my friend and still a great person. At a younger age this method may be necessary, but in high school there should be better education for ADD students.


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