Why do teachers seem so diagnosis-happy these days?

Because it’s absolution from the horrible thought, “I don’t know how to help this child.”

Teachers, parents, grown-ups of all sorts: it’s okay.  You don’t have to know how to help every child.  You don’t have to be able to solve every child’s problems.  It doesn’t mean that, because you’ve exhausted your entire bag of tricks, that you’re a failed teacher, a bad parent, a worthless mentor.  It’s okay to ask for help.  It’s okay to try.

You don’t need a diagnosis to stop feeling guilty about your own inability to help a child improve.  You can stop feeling guilty all on your own.  Get what help you can.  If a diagnosis and treatment is needed, it’ll come. 

In the meantime, let’s quit pathologizing what we can’t understand.  Please.

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