posted on Jul, 18 2008 @ 12:24 PM
I'm sorry. I'm not going to bother reading most of this, only because I have first hand experience with autistic, ADD, ADHD and "normal" children,
the very premise of this topic is insulting to both children with behavioral, mental, emotional and educational problems, as well as their parents,
teachers, and relatives.
Firstly, I am a young music teacher. I am quite highly qualified for my age, and have been a qualified instrumental instructor since I was 16 years of
age, I am now 23.
In my career, both as a student, and as an educator, I have had experience with children and peers of various definitions of an "educational
disability" and the idea that they may be just problematic children is a complete falsification. Some of the most artistically inspired and genuine
virtuosi children are diagnosed with some type of educational disability.
I have encountered both peers and students who excel, and absolutely blitz past their year levels in creative abilities, and functional application of
highly complex formulae, far surpassing their peers with their abilities who have not been diagnosed with such conditions. I would think that it is
actually fair to say, that the most highly virtuosi individuals usually suffer from some form of social condition, and it is not just that they are
children who misbehave.
I have encountered actors and thespians who have dyslexia, and they are some of the most talented playwrights and actors I have ever met.
I have worked with children who cannot seem to concentrate on or comprehend at all the standard mathematics, language, and scientific subjects which
most of the western system of education is based on, but teach one of these individuals how to play a trumpet, piano, drum kit, or sit them down in
front of a paint set and canvas, and they will create something far beyond that which the "A grade students" can accomplish which is so far advanced
that it can literally scare an adult who has worked in these industries or artistic fields for years.
I know two autistic children with social capacities that absolutely break my heart, they cannot relate to regular emotion at all, and theirs is a very
lonely, distressing existence, yet these two children, at the ages of 7 and 9, can work out mathematical formulae that is far beyond even a tertiary
mathematical science degree. Are they faking some kind of behavioral problem?
I would even venture as far as to say that most of the genius talent of the last three centuries has come from individuals with some form of
"educational or social difficulties/issues."
I would also ask, who exactly are these Hollywood Experts to be making such judgements? Have they every worked with or even been in the company of the
children that they are slandering? Could they compete with a young Mozart, Bach or Einstein in any way, shape or form? I highly doubt it.
For shame corporate media, for shame.