This book was submitted to WordsAPlenty for an honest review by the publisher of Blame the Child – It’s Easier: Learning Difficulties Can Be Solved.
Growing up my teachers took time to work with me and others in the classroom. I had one teacher (my mother called THE HIPPY) that taught me so much more than any other teacher. She taught me how to unlock my imagination and enjoy reading to the fullest extent any fifth grade child could.
Then I had teachers who were brash, rushed from subject to subject and who failed to answer questions unless during a designated time period. These are the teachers Henry Blumenthal addresses in his book “Blame The Child – It’s Easier: Learning Difficulties Can Be Solved.”
Demands on a school system and its teachers have become more complex and instead of taking stock of the issues, they have fallen back on pointing fingers. Granted some parents could become more involved and help but the student is with the teacher more than they are home. In a sense the school/teachers are the parents. Students look up to the teacher and those in the school for support and assurances that they will be successful. Those students who fall behind are left. There is no longer the time or the desire to keep at it until the child understands the lesson.
Blumenthal asks, “How do we measure if a teacher is good or just mediocre? … In teaching it is more difficult to measure success or failure of a teacher statistically.”
All too often, a student who is failing is blamed and the parents are encouraged to seek out professional help to get the student back on firm ground. However, no one thinks about how to do that. Ritalin won’t fill in the missing gaps, it will just make the outbursts or questions from happening – it only helps the teacher. The student suffers severely from lack of confidence, the feeling of being lost and shunned – no one wants to take the time to teach him/her.
Growing up I saw this happening to some of the students in my classroom and later when my children were in school. And when students see this happening to one of their own they don’t want to chance being singled out either, so they often alienate the students who are behind as well giving credibility to the teachers claims that the student is disruptive and needs medication.
Blumenthal states his issues, clearly articulates the issues and offers up solutions. This is a book that provides questions and answers with the issue of taking care of the children to be first and foremost. I am not a teacher but I loved this book. It was interesting and gave me several “aaahhh” moments.
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. This is not just a book about the school system but rather an opportunity to see how far these issues will follow a student into life.
This book receives 5 star rating from WordsAPlenty.
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