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Far too many people who work as teachers, are not very good at teaching, and yet love to dabble in VERY amateur psychology, making quack diagnoses and asking for quack therapies.
Some classrooms are indeed boring ; but smart kids soon realise that there is no benefit in acting our their boredom or frustration by behaving badly, especially not by attacking other kids. COntaining one's fristrations and not attacking others is a prime skill to learn, more important than almost anything else that actually does get taught at school.
The problem doesn't sound as though it lies in his educational abilities, so I wonder whether a child psychologist might be better for him in terms of assessment and treatment, than an educational psychologist ( who is better able to identify and deal with educational and intellectual problems ).
I udnerstand how discouraging you find all this, but dont fall into the trap of assuming that the next 17 years of schooling for the lad will be unremittantly full of conflict and misery. It surely won't
Maybe there are people in child psychology / psychiatry at your nearest medical school, or maybe your nearest major state / provincial hospital with psych staff, who might be able to help assess and advise here, without excessive charges outside of the means / income related charges usual at such places.
I agree utterly with Purple that in my experience, too many teachers who are not capable ( as they should be ) of dealing with any kid who is at all demanding or needs even a little more attention and skill, like to pathologise the situation, and label the kid as needing treatment. And too many refer the child to OT, which is usually useless in such situations.
And good point; let's survive gr 0, and see if either an alternative school can become avaialble for the next grade, or even if there's a better teacher for that group, in this same school
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