There are so many things that I've learned about being a parent from being a teacher, and it's one of the things I still struggle with when it comes to DS. Before Tera was born, Tom and I had so many conversations about what we thought would be acceptable expectations as far as academics. Both of us are fairly intelligent, but I was a far more dedicated student than he was. I've often told him he was the epitome of "doesn't work up to potential". He was very bright, but lazy, and in his eyes, didn't see a point to over doing anything when coasting was working just fine for him. I, on the other hand, worked my ass off. Did it make me a better person? No, but I feel like I was better prepared for college and in my mind, it was something I could control in a sometimes crazy life. When we had these conversations, I made it very clear that while I would never demand all A's in school, but I would expect our child to do their best. If they were brilliant, C's would not be acceptable. If they struggled in school but worked hard to get C's, then I would be right there cheering them on and applauding their report card. I feel like it might be different because some things may always be a struggle for her. I know it doesn't change the fact that we keep our expectations high and always ask that she do her best, I just feel it will be different in finding out how best to help her find that success.
What I ultimately want for Tera, and my students, is for them all to find success in school that will lead them to happiness in the workplace; wherever that may be. I know too many people who hate their jobs and are miserable all the time and I just don't want them to waste their opportunity to make something of themselves. Unfortunately, I think many of them will find this out too late.
Children with Down syndrome are often fully included in social and educational settings and increasingly go on to graduate high school and attend postsecondary education programs.
|I don't currently have access to my pictures yet, so I looked through some of the ones on my phone and got nostalgic. I was so happy on the day I took this because she finally had something of her own on. It was so big on her at the time...|