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Author Macht, Joel, 1938-
Title The medicalization of America's schools : challenging the concept of educational disabilities / Joel Macht.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]

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Author Macht, Joel, 1938-
Subject Children with disabilities -- Education (Elementary) -- United States.
Learning disabilities -- United States.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- United States.
Special education -- United States.
School health services -- United States.
Description 1 online resource
polychrome rdacc
Contents 1. From Differences to Disabilities -- 2. Disability Identification -- 3. Learning Disabilities -- 4. ADHD -- 5. Active Intervention -- 6. Diversity and the Common Core.
Summary This book challenges the validity of ADHD, learning disabilities, and dyslexia as meaningful special education categories, while it critically examines the misplaced medical model from which they're derived. The book asserts that the presumption that these disabilities cause school-related problems distracts from an active search for identifiable factors within a child's classroom that create and maintain responsibility for a child's underachievement and disruptive behavior. This futile effort to name a disability wastes precious time while the unattended youngster waits for assistance. When ultimately the disability is named, it provides no functional information that translates to effective strategies. The book exposes the school-based medical model's weaknesses, and reveals educational disabilities' altogether misunderstood structure, pointing out that ADHD and LD are not disabilities that a child has, but weak constructs that poorly describe each child's uniqueness. Finally, it provides an alternative model built on a child's strengths not his deficiencies, and it presents strategies that advance those strengths. The book emphasizes the positive outcomes when children experience school-related success, specifically their gained self-assurance. They make better choices, they become self-directed, and they experience the sustaining joy from learning and their own achievement.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9783319629742 (electronic bk.)
3319629743 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1012345169
Additional Format Print version: Macht, Joel. Medicalization of America's Schools : Challenging the Concept of Educational Disabilities. Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2017 9783319629735

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