on diversity and education. They were told to have some questions ready to ask about how my learning disabilities impacted my education and how teachers dealt with me and my disabilities.
It went well. People had good questions and I think they have a better idea of what their students are going through, even if they might not be able to see the disability in the ways they expect too.
One question made me a little sad. This guy asked if there was anything he could do, or other teachers have done, to make the classroom calmer to help kids with Tourette’s not tic.
I sort of answered his question, but then asked everyone what is the point of making a kid stop ticing. Why does a second grader need to stop moving? Is it because it is distracting to other kids? Or is it because there is something fundamentally wrong about the tics?
Kids shouldn’t be told that the way their mind works is wrong. Kids should have to work with people who are neurologically different from them. And all some of the people I spoke to today could worry about was keeping their classrooms under control.