I decided to do this thread because yesterday I was with a female friend who has a son that can play video games and pretty much anything any other kid can do but I heard him say to me that he doesn't need to know how to read even though he could pretty well. I said why and he told me that he is a special needs kid. I said boy please, there is nothing wrong with you, you are just as normal as any other kid. He is perfectly normal and goes to just one of the many public Lousiana schools that teaches a large number of black male students, they are retarded or slow. Many don't know but every public school has a quota of students they have to put in special ed to receive state grants and funds. Guess who they target? Many normal kid are riding the short bus nowadays, so much so that in my area, it's not even considered embarrassing any more as so many are riding the short bus. If at all possible, I would highly recommend home schooling your kids. http://www.inmotionmagazine.com/peterz1.html
I'm not discounting this post "whole cloth." But there are some other factors to consider.
Being dexterous enough to master video games does not automatically negate a learning disability.
Also, have you ever had him read to you and then tell/explain to you what he read?
Many children can "read" beautifully...meaning they can "call words" but have little to no comprehension of what they read. ---They can't tell you what it means in their own words.
So, again, with LA having the history it does in poor education systems, I'm not totally discounting what you've said....But, that little boy COULD actually be "Special Needs" in some areas that you are not aware of.
Moreover, Home-schooling is not necessarily the answer either...Parents need to get more involved and invested
in their children's education....Requesting and/or paying for their child to be tested and re-tested
in subsequent school years.
However, as a former teacher myself, I can tell you that some parents are in DENIAL...They don't won't to accept that their child IS "Special Needs" and they will fight tooth-and-nail with the school to get them out.
Conversely, there are also parents who desperately want their child to be "GIFTED" and will force the child to stay in a Gifted/AP curriculum that is waaaay beyond their academic abilities.