The Outsiders, they just don’t know him.
They misunderstand his sensitivities.
They don’t hear his worries and anxieties.
They miss his imagination and sense of humor.
They overlook his talents.
They doubt his potential.
When you have a kid like mine and he is in the presence of The Outsiders, he builds a wall to defend himself. He enters the space with puffed-up attitude. He waits to hear something, anything of interest and acts as though nothing is impressive. He has experienced the misunderstanding for so long that sadly, he has grown to expect it.
I asked for a meeting to discuss his school experience. I am going today to see what can be done to change my son’s perception and to convince him that school IS the place for him. I have been to such meetings before, going to ask questions and make suggestions; however, the focus is always on the “can’t” instead of the “can.”
I hope today is different. I hope The Outsiders will listen.