Life is great, isn’t it. Every day brings new ideas!

So here is Dr. Richard Selznick’s book, The Shut-Down Learner–Helping your Academically Discouraged Child. (Shut down learner). This psychiatrist is trying to help kids without labeling them as disabled. So, it’s SDL, not SLD! I love it!
It reminds me of my own book, Fixing Special Education–we need to focus on what kids can do, not just what they struggle with, etc. etc. etc. Not just dicing and splicing weaknesses that lead to discouraged learners. It also reminds me of one of my favorite books, Mindset–also the psychology of success, not labels.

Let’s see how far SDL goes. We surely need all the new voices we can get for positive approaches.

About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line,, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

2 Responses to “New book on the Shut down learner. SDL not SLD!”

  1. Rich Selznick

    Pretty funny. I have joked in my workshops, that I take a non-labneling approach in my work and have come up with a new label!!!

    It really wasn't my intention. I try and do my best to help kids (and parents) understand their strenghts and weaknesses in ways that they can understand.

    It's not easy work no matter what.

    Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions or comments.

    All the best,

    Dr. Richard Selznick

  2. Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, M.A., J.D.

    Great comment! It is hard to get away from those accronyms… but we keep trying. Love it! Miriam


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