The Writing on the Wall by tori yule

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Strength lies in differences, not in similarities 
~Stephen Covey

Just venting about how our school district fails to see the differences in learning styles, and refuses to provide my child with a consistent education that will enable her to succeed.
This is not a one time thing. I have been advocating for my children for 15 years. I have had to fight for every accommodation my children are entitled to. If they are unlucky to get a ‘bad teacher’, it can erode their confidence to the point where they give up.
There are many great teachers, and I know a few who have made an enormous difference in my children’s lives. They know how to teach. They know how to build confidence. They know how to mark papers.They know if they have a pizza party, they give every child a slice, even if she didn’t get a high enough grade. This really happened to my child. They know I’m not complaining when I speak up because they know I care about my child, and I only want her to succeed because I know she can, if given the opportunity to show her knowledge.

All three of my children suffer from learning disabilities and anxiety disorders, including ADHD. They have had to work harder than most other students, and have had private tutors every year. My youngest daughter’s fifth grade year, which inspired this work, was a complete lose. Her teachers and the principal at Norwood Elementary School refused to work with us. At a meeting I called after the first quarter, the principal told me that in order for Chrissy to get the accommodations that were on her 504 plan, she had to advocate for herself and ask for them every time she thought she needed them. Her anxiety rendered her unable to do this. The meeting ended with the principal telling me and my husband that all we do is complain. This is an unacceptableable way to run a school. In the end, it took them the rest of the year to have her tested privately, get the results, and tell me that her anxiety was preventing her to from doing well on the tests.

Northport- East Northport School District
Northport, New York
United States

Update: Chrissy is now in 7th grade, and in the middle school. She just got her first quarter report card and got a 91 in math, and an 85 average. In the elementary school, they told me she was the lowest scoring student in math in the whole school, and she also had the same math teacher for 3 years. It is amazing to me that these two schools are in the same district and run so differently. One knows how to teach and the other doesn’t.

This song is by Pink Floyd
Another Brick in the Wall

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey teacher leave us kids alone
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall

You, Yes You, Stand Still Laddie!

When we grew up and went to school, there were certain teachers who would hurt the children anyway they could
by pouring their derision upon anything we did
exposing every weakness however carefully hidden by the kids.

“Wrong, Guess again!
Wrong, Guess again!

I don’t need no arms around me
And I dont need no drugs to calm me.
I have seen the writing on the wall.
Don’t think I need anything at all.
No! Don’t think I’ll need anything at all.
All in all it was all just bricks in the wall.
All in all you were all just bricks in the wall.
~ Roger Waters

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  • Vitta
    Vittaover 4 years ago

    Magnificent work!!!!! Amazing!!!!

  • thank you Vitta!

    – tori yule

  • Ladystroy Art
    Ladystroy Artover 4 years ago

    awesome! I love it!!! :)

  • thank you!

    – tori yule

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    Tori!!!! Your heart and creativity are bounding along!! EXCELLENT!!!!

  • thank up, Maureen!!

    – tori yule

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Qnita!

    – tori yule

  • lianne
    lianneover 4 years ago

    Oh Tori – I could go on for hours about this – about your message in particular. My entire life as a teacher is premised on the conviction that there is NO child who cannot become all they were meant to be, who cannot realize their potential if we just let them know we believe in them and give them the tools to believe in themselves! So many learning styles, so many kinds of “intelligence” that when acknowledged and praised can be the foundation for a lifetime of success and the building blocks of true self-esteem. A good teacher’s job is not to pour stuff into kids heads and make them memorize it but to provide them the tools to uncover what they already know or the methods to solve life’s puzzles for themselves by acquiring and applying information they might need to do so. This artwork and your message should hang in every single classroom from kindergarten to graduation! And the art can stand on its own as well as a brilliantly creative piece. xox

  • I’m glad you agree, Lianne. Thank you for your comment, and knowing that I’m not bashing teachers. I just needed to vent over this thing that has consumed my life. It feel it is the district that makes it harder for the children. There are many good teachers out there, but why does my child get the one that can’t think outside the box every year, and then won’t work with me when she is failing.
    The district will always backs the teacher. That’s what I have a problem with. When they tell me I am the only one that has a problem, I know they are lying.
    The principal of her elementary school actually said to me during a meeting that all I do is complain. Now how does that help? I want to hear ’ This is what we can do so your daughter can see some success this year’. I also walked out after he said that, to me the meeting was over.
    She has started middle school in the same district and it is like a different world there. They are doing everything they can to help her. If I have a question, they have an answer. She loves school now. Instead of crying everyday because she didn’t want to go, she wishes there were no weekends.

    – tori yule

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you Sylvia!

    – tori yule

  • Danica Radman
    Danica Radmanover 4 years ago

    oh my – this is masterpiece!

    You, yes You, Stand Still Lady!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you Tazzina, No I will not stand still!!

    – tori yule

  • Mukesh Srivastava
    Mukesh Srivastavaover 4 years ago

    Great work!!!!

  • Thank you Mukesh

    – tori yule

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    awe striking. the combo of this amazing art with the words that reach out and grab us and each one of us could scream about . and relate to . you are doing art with a difference. good on you for bravery and attitude!. keep on fighting for your kids. that alone will be forever valuable….

  • Thank you Isa, for seeing exactly what I meant in this. I will never stop advocating for my children. If I don’t do it , no one will.
    The principal of her elementary school told me that she wouldn’t receive an accommodation on her 504 plan unless she advocated for herself. I told him that since she was only ten years old, she doesn’t get to decide her educational needs, and that she may not be able to advocate for herself. I told him she eventually would be able to and that she was learning how from me.
    Sometimes I think that I’m dreaming this stuff, that how could this be happening. On a better note, she is doing much better this year in middle school. Everyone is so cooperative and wants only the best for the kids.

    – tori yule

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • thank you!

    – tori yule

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