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Solutions for Smart but Struggling Students

Session 6: The New Model is Own it, Celebrate it, Advocate for It

Jonathan Mooney
Running time: 15:48

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8 Comments

  1. Michelle Desjardins on October 3, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Jonathan We couldn’t be in our child’s corner without people you like you being in ours.
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  2. Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on October 3, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    So glad everyone is enjoying Jonathan’s talk. He and his story are very inspiring. His book, Normal Sucks, is a great read!

  3. Sarah M on October 3, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Jonathan Mooney – I was moved by the story of the student at the prestigious college who (after all the others described their high achievements and awards) had the courage to say he was working construction – and how it opened you up inside. You are doing this for others – thank you!

  4. H.D. on October 3, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    The teacher and the student are in the same boat. Love it.

  5. Julia Moisiades on October 3, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Love everything you said!!

  6. siobhan lamb on October 2, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I love you Johnathan!! Wow you are a fantastic advocate. I loved hearing about the “cursing Minnie Mouse”, as a parent sometimes I feel that I am becoming a poorer version of myself, someone that is quick to react to criticism of their child. I had a Head of Inclusion at a school tell me that I was rude and aggressive (this was after two conversations of her telling me that my child was not “good enough” and I needed to “face reality” after putting my son through a gruelling deficit-based admissions procedure since he is Autistic). I told her that she was right but it was her and others like her that had made me this way because when people want to tell your child that they are not good enough, as a parent you stand between them and the world and say “I dare you to say that to me! Don’t dare address my child, address me!” and I turned to my son and said, “Sweetheart, there is nothing at all wrong with you, these people are just f-ked. And in fact, they are so f-ked they are beyond redemption, there is nothing we can do to help them so let’s just walk away”. I don’t know if I always do the right thing but my children know that I am in their corner! Thank you again Jonathan and thank you Debbie for providing these talks.

    • Jennie on October 21, 2019 at 6:40 am

      Love this talk and all the talks

  7. Robyn on October 2, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Love this. Owning it helps you feel comfortable asking for your rights to be met and sets the stage for others with that disability to do the same or get what they need more easily. Someone has to be the trendsetter and teach the world what to do

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