I said, maybe he’s bored,” Ms. Phelps recalled saying to his teacher. “Her comment to me — ‘Oh, he’s not gifted.’ I told her I didn’t say that, and she didn’t like that much. I was a teacher myself so I didn’t challenge her, I just said, ‘What are you going to do to help him?’ ”
In the elementary grades at their suburban Baltimore school, Ms. Phelps said, Michael excelled in things he loved — gym and hands-on lessons, like science experiments. “He read on time, but didn’t like to read,” she said. “So I gave him the Baltimore Sun sports pages, even if he just read the pictures and captions.”
She will never forget one teacher’s comment: “This woman says to me, ‘Your son will never be able to focus on anything.’”
Eu nem sou contrário a um sistema de financiamento público de educação, mas venhamos e convenhamos: burocratas não sabem lidar com o talento de uma forma construtiva. Agora imaginem se os pais do monstro não tivessem o discernimento para mandar às favas os conselhos dos "especialistas".
O mundo ganharia um balconista frustrado do Walmart.