Something’s Not Right
Reading Group Guide
1. What were some of the ways the author used to figure out her children’s learning styles?
2. What actions did she take that were most suited to her children’s styles of learning?
3. What actions might you have taken that would have been similar or different?
4. Why do you think so many experts insisted on communicating only with the child, avoiding or expressly forbidding conversation with the parents? What impact did this have on the author? How would you respond if you were in her place?
5. How has the book affected your understanding of the terms “emotionally disturbed” and “learning disabled”? Have the definitions and usage of these terms changed since the sixties, as far as you know? If yes, how and why have they changed?
6. Do you know someone with a learning disability and/or ADD or ADHD? If so, how has the learning disability and /or ADD or ADHD affected that person?
7. Studies have shown that a large percentage of the prison population have learning disabilities. Why do you think this may be true?
8. Teachers often have to balance the needs of special needs children with those of the rest of their classmates. Discuss the pros and cons of “mainstreaming” special needs children versus placing them in separate classes or schools. Consider the factors that administrators, teachers, and parents face in determining individual student placements.
9. What do you think about residential schools and home schooling? What might be the drawbacks? When might it be helpful?