Can I have your help on my upcoming book?

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Greetings all on this Labor Day weekend. I am asking your help by sharing stories of when you were in school or stories of your children for my upcoming book, The Pediatric Profiler.

I want to have the voices of the students/parents about what they felt teachers and administrators did right as well as those who totally blew it on dealing with a behavioral or learning situation. Please share with me via email at

I can start it out with an example of my oldest when she was in high school. She has mild dyslexia, which leads to a slower reading rate and some spelling problems. In the AP LA class they were assigned to read 3 books in 3 weeks, and then choose 2 to compare and contrast. My daughter asked her teacher if she could do at least one of them as an audio book. Her teacher responded that if she was incapable of doing the assignment as directed, she shouldn’t be in the class. There was more after including a comment on her report that she was basically “an overachieving slackard”. Needless to say, she dropped out of AP classes after that so she wouldn’t have to deal with the teacher again. And no, the administration did not side with my daughter.

Thanks for your help.

2 thoughts on “Can I have your help on my upcoming book?

  1. Hi Patricia, I would like to see the education system develop creative discipline for junior and senior high school children who have broken school rules.  Our senior in highschool was given a breathalyzer test for alcohol upon entrance to a school dance.  The breathalyzer test result proved “Jim” registered a trace amount of alcohol in his system.   As discipline for failing the alcohol test Jim was not allowed to compete in the State Swimming Championship Finals Meet in Madison, WI.  As a result of Jim’s drinking and consequent ban from the State Meet their relay team did not place that year at the meet.  Jim’s teammates and Jim were devastated.  Jim’s relationship with his teammates deteriorated.  Jim had let the team down.  Jim still feels bad about letting his team down years ago when attending class reunions.  For some children, athletics may be their only positive in life.  They may not be academically inclined.  They may live in an unsupportive home environment.  Why does the school system have to take away the one thing they love, something that promotes a good outlet for extra energy, promotes good social interaction skills and team spirit?  What if instead the school system invested money in creative discipline such as hiring a teacher assistant to accompany the child on an expedition to “Beautify the City” (pick up trash in parking lots, paint over graffiti etc) for a few hours or…accompany a child to a nearby nursing home to visit with the elderly.  A child can be assigned extra schoolwork in math, science or literature (they can choose).   My husband recalls getting in trouble as a 4th or 5th grader that resulted in being assigned long division math problems–(7 numbers inside/at least 5 outside).  Rob and the other boy being disciplined had to do a page of these math problems every night for a couple weeks.  The result of the discipline was that they received first and second place awards in the school math contest!  Rob fondly recalls this story–a very good memory for him.  Is it too much to ask that we have a better and more creative outcome based discipline system in our schools?  I have suggested alternatives to the current school disciplinary methods to teachers and principals over the years but the education professionals generally respond that my ideas are costly and unworkable.  Sincerely, Carol Kowal Peterson     



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