I haven’t seen any legitimate concerns (on Special Ed )– as yet

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm

I am all for addressing legitimate concerns and obviously our tax dollars should be spent wisely but in this blog post I haven’t seen any legitimate concerns – as yet. I see someone saying special ed parents howl and someone else saying they are easily offended. Most folks don’t understand the issues enough to express legitimate concerns. They hear from a neighbor that we are spending too much on special ed and then they start beating the drum. I attended a meeting last year regarding overcrowding (in certain grades) at Somerville where a parent suggested that all Ridgewood special ed children rotate from school to school based on whichever school had the most room that year. A couple folks actually agreed. Does it make sense to have the children who have the most issues and the hardest time adjusting and making friends to be moved from school to school each year to save money? That would be hard on any child. When I hear ridiculous comments like this I am going to get offended and I am going to howl. I won’t keep quiet for fear of being branded an oversensitive special-ed parent. I am more concerned with the welfare of my children than what other parents think. I am also not afraid to sign my name to my opinions.

Al Donohue

  1. Right on Al

  2. al i love you but your way off base …
    1) we cant aford it
    2) it hurts non spec ed kids
    3) it dosnt work
    4) your not ENTITLED to my money
    5) the union uses it to hire up
    6) whats the defination of special ed
    7) its used against boys being boys
    8)no one is attacting childern no matter how many times you imply it
    9)the regular kids are under served
    10) its used to bloat the schools to over inflate the budget and hire more heads
    11) i send my kids to private school sorry i aint buying it

  3. You are right, special education children shouldn’t be moved around. Special Education children who are given their own class are different than mainstreaming kids with learning disabilities.

    When kids with learning disabilities are mainstreamed into regular classes it requires an aide in the classroom. This is where the districts personal numbers are so high, classroom aides.

    If the schools tracked the kids into homogeneous groups, they wouldn’t need the team teaching that costs the schools 2 salaries in the classroom versus one. I’ve seen a third of the classes in my school with an aide because of mainstreaming.

    Mainstreaming and heterogeneous groups makes it difficult for teachers and kids. The high IQ kids and the kids in the middle are ignored because they will get it on their own. Teachers tend to teach to the bottom, since NCLB says all kids have to learn a minimum amount of reading and math. Instead of one curriculum for a group of kids all on the same level, the teacher needs to create 3 curriculums; one for the gifted, one for the average and one for the kids who need reinforcement. My guess is most teachers never get around to creating the gifted curriculums.

    Then, if you kid is gifted, they are asked to help teach the other kids. Is it right to ask them to keep busy by teaching someone else? Why? Aren’t’ they entitled to their own education?

    This is not the parents fault; this is not the teachers fault; this is not the kids fault. This is public educations way of evening all the classes out so no feelings get hurt because one child is acknowledged as brighter than another. It’s also the teachers unions’ way of getting lots of aides hired.

  4. Because each kid is unique it entitles him/her to her/his own personal tutor. This is where special ed comes in. More parents have their kids classified just to get them the personal attention that the parents can’t give them. Either they’re too busy themselves or they feel entitled to this priveledge because of the taxes they pay or their perceived status in the community or the planet. Their kids shouldn’t have to work hard, study and , oh my gosh, fail somethings, because how would it look on their tiny resume when the parents want to buy them a seat at college, I’m sorry, University.

  5. 11:04am

    You are wrong. Parents usually don’t want their kids classified, but are pushed into it by the schools.

    The Child Study Team meetings contain 4 school employees and the parents. Aa a parent, when 4 people tell you your kid needs special help, you feel obligated to get it for them.

    The teachers benefit because a kid gets pulled out or they get an aide, and the schools get more state funding.

    I wouldn’t lay this on the parents, that’s not fair.

  6. What really needs to happen is that we provide classrooms specifically for those children who need special help and stop trying to “mainstream” them into all the other disciplines.

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