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Re: Disability is the wrong word
The term "Learning Disability" is correctly used when a student is unable to learn a certain type of information (due to underlying information processing difficulties) without specialized instruction and/or intervention. I can't say whether or not the term truly fits your brothers, but your description of them as being “wired differently” suggests that it might. You are correct that more and more students are appearing to be "disabled" simply due to the increased (and sometimes unrealistic) expectations placed upon them in school. But that is more often the fault of government regulations and misguided pressures from the community than problems within the school. Students with actual learning disabilities need to be identified and provided support and intervention so that they can gain an appropriate education. When non-disabled students cannot keep up with the curriculum, school, community, and government leaders need to reevaluate their expectations for students and/or be willing and able to provide appropriate support outside of special education. Unfortunately, “no child left behind” has forced schools to significantly increase academic expectations for all students without being given adequate resources for support and intervention when students do not meet the expectations. I hope that you are able to meet the needs of your brothers through “home schooling”. But you need to realize that it will be a very difficult process for both you and them, especially if they really are learning disabled and require specialized instruction. You might want to consider giving their school another chance. I’m sure there are at least some teachers and administrators in the school who truly care about all struggling students, including your brothers. Good luck!