For all those teens with aspergers who are being failed by the education system

It's not your fault!

Many pupils with special needs are being failed by the system.

Secondary schools and the state examination system are not designed to cater for the needs of teenagers with aspergers syndrome and anxiety. Especially as they all have different needs, because they are all individuals.

Yesterday Renata Blower from Just Bring the Chocolate summed it up on the BBC



And this is for my son today, although I know he probably won't ever see it:

Billy Bragg - To have or to have not

"The system has failed, you don't fail yourself."





8 comments:

  1. That's so sad and so unnecessary but that lady hit the nail on the head. I think there are far more students being failed than those whose parents actually know they have defined special needs, the word 'mainstream' covers a multitude of different streams. I hope your son sees that quote!

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  2. "Just because you're better than me
    doesn't mean I'm lazy
    Just because you're moving forward
    doesn't mean I'm moving back".

    Yay Billy Bragg!

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    1. Oh yes, I've played that song so many times during my life :)

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  3. Or maybe the quote should say that "the system will wait for you to fail, then it will think about filing the paperwork"

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    1. Maybe, but I love your quote just as it is, it was spoken from the heart and so has a huge impact xx

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  4. wow what a quote and so true. Not just in secondary school- that quote could have been written for my son when he began primary school. His 'academic' ability was assessed by doctors as being way above the age they monitored until (i.e. at age 5 he had academic IQ levels of someone over 16 years old), he is high functioning aspergers so the professionals all believed that mainstream should be fine and yet mainstream failed him so badly and found it easier to try to exclude him than meet his needs. Hence our homeschooling journey began. thankfully secondary has been amazing for him (mainstream but it is a school with a unit) - they value these kids so highly as these are the kids that are pushing their grades up (j comes out top 1% in the country academically) and by stretching him academically and giving him the right support they are getting the best out of him. It is so frustrating and sad that other schools can't see how this formula works and adopt it for themselves. x

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    1. So desperately sad and frustrating that J's schooling began that way. Though I am very glad - and encouraged - that you found a secondary school that worked for him x

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