It is no wonder I avoided school!
By the 60th time I had been truant from school, I was finally caught. The principal summoned my mother to discuss my absences, after that literally nothing was done about it.
I changed schools in 11th grade again, much to my surprise the assistant principal from the previous school, had also moved to my same school, this time when he noticed my absences, he took action. His solution, was to transfer me to a continuation school. I don’t recall much if any input from my parents, as by now they were knees deep into their divorce.
Luckily, I did so much better at this school, because the expectancy of me was reduced, and I was free to get work done at my leisure. This worked for me, I was able to get all caught up with my work and graduated on time from high school.
It wasn’t that I did “like” school, I really liked the social part of it. It was that I was not “getting” it. I felt inept and frustrated.
Below is an article I found online, that explains more on having ADD
An attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a weakness in the brain’s ability to focus on important sensory information. ADD can impact a student’s ability to process information from a teacher’s words, music, video, and written text. An attention deficit may also affect the brain’s ability to filter out information that is not important. People with ADD cannot tune out distractions that others may barely notice.
The Difference Between ADD and ADHD
People with the symptoms of ADD who also have hyperactivity are described as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While people with ADD who do not have hyperactivity may appear dreamy or “off in another world,” people with ADHD are likely to have difficulty in sitting still, and may need to move or pace simply to pay attention. They may also be more likely to engage in risky activities such as unprotected sex and drug use. Because people with ADHD are more likely to display overt symptoms (and are often considered to be “troublemakers”), they are also more likely to be identified with and treated for the disorder.
In addition to the issues described above, people with ADD/ADHD may have sensory dysfunction, meaning that they are hypersensitive to and aware of sound, light, and physical sensations. Even the sensation of clothing on the skin or the temperature in a room can be a distraction in ADD. An attention deficit exists when the brain cannot maintain focus on important information. People with ADD cannot filter out unnecessary information or prioritize important information. Problems controlling impulsive behaviors and thoughts are common.
School can be extraordinarily challenging for children with ADD/ADHD. While this is true to a degree in preschool and kindergarten, it can become increasingly difficult as children complete the early grades and move on to settings in which sitting still, focusing on spoken words, and maintaining focus all become extremely important.
Students with ADHD may experience:
- Inability to follow teacher instructions.
- Auditory and visual confusion.
- Memory problems are common.
- Hypersensitivity to visual and tactile sensations may exist as well in ADD. Those with the disorder may feel overwhelmed by pulsing fluorescent light or electrical sounds.
- People with ADD may feel overwhelmed by large assignments. Processing directions is difficult as well. Complex problem solving is likely to be difficult.
- Hyper-sensitive olfactory systems can also be a problem for people with ADD. An attention deficit may cause everyday smells to seem overwhelming.
Other issues that become increasingly difficult include:
- an expectation that students will be able to manage multiple tasks and deadlines
- a need to organize school materials and plan ahead for tasks ranging from getting permission slips signed to completing long-term assignments
- the requirement to sit through multi-hour standardized tests
- withdrawal of opportunities, such as recess, to move around and engage with others