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Special education reform?


I remember 20 years ago when I was graduating from a postgraduate degree in special education, and a buddy who got her primary school education told me that her father, a school leader, said I probably should not spend my time on masters to get the special education. He said that special education will ultimately fade away from public education. At this point, I almost finished with my masters, so I thought I would take my chances apart from what other choice I would have made on this question?

I got a special education assignment and taught about 10 years. Over the past ten years, he has pointed upwards and downwards and finally decided to change, so I witnessed and moved to high school history. At this point in my career, I remember what my friend said a decade ago and wondered whether there were curves of schools that no longer require special education teachers 10 years later. I did not know if my job was safe in the newly-found household in the history class.

Well, I loved teaching history, but there are funny ways in life that do not fit in with us and we want a decade of teaching history. Personally, I got first class education on budget cuts and my work was canceled. Fortunately I got back in special education, I believe in it or not.

More than two decades ago, my old graduate student told me that the need for special education teachers disappears. In the last two decades, my boyfriend from the elementary school to the elementary school teacher, the assistant became the principal as his father. From the postgraduate school I went to the Special Teacher to the Teacher of History to return to the Special Educational Teacher like no one else I knew. And believe it or not, there are still a lot of special education work when I landed there for the second time. In fact, there were really many jobs there because 50 educational states lack 49 special education teachers. Imagine that … Two decades after they told me that Special Education went away and I find that they still do not have enough special educators.

Quickly forward a few years today, and there is a new and interesting twist involving special education, full inclusion. Recording is not a new thing in schools. It is a fact that integration has a long, interesting history in our schools.

Six decades ago there was the Brown Supreme Court case, the Education Council. In 1954, the new law of the earth became an integrated school for all species. Four decades ago, the Law on the Disabled Education Act (IDEA) entered into force and promoted to ensure that more than six million students with disabilities access free and proper education, which means they should be involved

To promote this In order for schools to create a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) that meets and discusses the Student's Individual Education Program (IEP), then places the student in the appropriate educational environment for student needs and law. Placement should also be the least restrictive environment (LRE). I still remember my college professor who describes the least restrictive environment in a short story that a machine gun would not take an airplane. Rather, you could just take a swipe to take care of a fly. In other words, if a child's disability can be handled in a neighboring school, then the child does not have to be sent to the special school of the city or within the city.

Today, many schools are trying to improve the reception model in this area and the least restrictive environment from the partial or full inclusion model. The Los Angeles County School District Schools have moved their vast majority of their students from their own education centers to the adjacent schools over the last three years, where they are fully integrated into optional classes, such as physical education, gardening and cooking. They are also incorporated into regular mainstream academic classes, but are generally not as high as the choice.

Michigan schools say they want to break the walls between general education and special education, creating a system where students need more help when they need it and the support does not need separate special education class.

Some school districts go a bit further in Portland, Oregon than Los Angeles schools, students return from special schools and Michigan schools that are just starting to try to fully integrate their students and eliminate most of the special education classes.

As you progress a bit further, Portland is making an interesting case study. Many of the parents who initially supported the integration of students in special education into the Portland regular classes are now worried about how the Portland Public Education system does. Portland is seeking full inclusion by 2020. However, some Portland teachers say, "It is obvious that special educational students will fail and will go because they do not meet their needs … If there is no adequate support, this is not acceptable, not just for the child, but also for the "

Portland's parents said," I wish my child feels he feels successful as they are. "He also says," I want my children to be good, well-connected people who provide a better place for the world and do not think they need to be in the dormitory, when we treat them individually, there is a problem. "Unfortunately, many parents and teachers have left the Portland School Environment and many they fantasize about it because they feel that the entire reception model does not work there as they are depicted.

How much should schools integrate in special education for students in the burning issue of the lesson. In my personal experience, integration is not only possible, but it is also indispensable. With some support, special education students can be in regular education classes.

A few years ago I was still a non-talkative paraplegic boy I was in a wheelchair, who is a regular education society class. Every day her professors and sisters planted her and sat with her. He always smiled of the tales I told Alexander about 11,000 miles of land and conquered most of the known world at that time. By the way, Sándor Nagy also practiced the model of inclusion, encouraging the conquered and encouraging soldiers of the soldiers to marry the women of the captive area in order to create lasting peace.

Another important factor in special education is the need for socialization and the saving of financial integration offers. Children are learning from other children and spending money that is not invested in special education can be spent on general education, do not they? Hmm …

If you noticed, I said a bit earlier that many special educators can be integrated, but I did not say anything or even . Only a few students will take too much time on the teacher's time and attention from other students, for example, students with severe behavioral problems. When we raise serious behavioral problems in regular classes, this is completely unfair to other children. Similar cases could be made for other serious disabilities that require excessive need for the individual duration and attentiveness of the mainstream teacher.

Hey, I'm not saying I would never try a serious disabled child in a general education environment. But I'm saying that schools need to have a better system for monitoring these placements and quickly quickly get rid of students who do not work and lose valuable time from other students. In addition, schools have to do this without disturbing the teacher because the teacher complained that the student was inappropriate and disrupted the learning process of the other students. If a child falls in an inappropriate location, it is not good in any of the parties involved. Duration

In the last two decades I have worked with several special education students as a special teacher and regular teacher teaching elementary schools. I learned to be extremely flexible and patient, so the most comfortable and most deprived children were my class. Over the years I've been doing miracles with these kids and I know I'm not the only teacher who did this. There's more to it than I do. But I'm afraid that because teachers are so committed and day-wonders drag into the classroom, districts, community leaders, and politicians can overburden the entire reception model too hard, thinking teachers just have to find it. Preparing teachers and students for failure is never a good idea.

In addition, I hope not only try to save money while promoting this full inclusive model because we are also trying to save our children. Fredrick Douglas said, "It's easier to build strong children than to improve the broken people." Regardless of how the financial pedagogical cake is sliced, the point is that the cake is too small and special education teachers and special education students should not be paid for it

. Also, a teacher for too long to be at least a little skeptical when I hear the bosses say that the reason for the whole inclusive model is because socialization is so important. I know it's important. But I also know that too many people are hanging their hat for the socialization objection, not the education for our particular students and providing them with what they really need. I've seen special education students whose capabilities just allow you to draw illustrations of honors. There is no real socialization here. There is no point in it.

Well, I finally get a full circle. It will be interesting to see where this is the whole reception thing. The sages do not allow their special educators to go or get rid of classrooms. And for school districts, I guess it will not be long before they realize the mistake and start starting special education teachers. My girlfriend and father, who has been the most important father over the years who have thought that special education is over, well, we are not here yet, and rightly so, I do not think we will ever be.

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