The first clue Bonnie Beavers had of her daughter’s learning disability came in the second grade. The girl scored at the 99th percentile in math on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, but when her teacher divided the class into groups for math, she was not in the highest one.
Beavers showed the child’s test results to the teacher, who was unmoved. “I caught her counting on her fingers,” she said. Then she went over the top by insisting that none of her students knew that the groups were ranked by perceived ability.
“My daughter never again liked math or thought she was a good math student,” she said.
The girl later received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and executive function disorder (an inability to self-organize), as did her older brother. Like many bright children with such disabilities, they had to endure teachers suggesting that they were lazy because they could not complete repetitive assignments in reasonable time.