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A Student with ADHD Starts Crying in Front of Me

The day I had to google “What is ADHD”?

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I’m interviewing an Italian learner of English on Zoom. She looks anxious and keeps apologising because she can’t understand my questions.

“Did you learn English in high school?”

“Yeah, but I don’t love English.”

“Oh, why?”

“Because I had a bad teacher.”

She starts crying. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” she says sobbing.

“That’s okay. No worries. Would you like to tell me what happened?

“I have ADHD. I have a certificate. But my teacher didn’t know. It was traumatic.”

I don’t know what that teacher did to this girl. But a few questions came to mind:

  1. What is ADHD exactly?
  2. Why didn’t the teacher know?
  3. I’ve been a teacher since 2015. How many students with ADHD have I had without knowing? And what did my teaching do to them?
  4. How many students are victims of education?

I googled ADHD.

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