Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It Doesn'tTake A Genius

It doesn't take a genius to know a child not doing well in a self-contained special education class will do a lot worse in a mainstream class of the same subject. 

It doesn't take a genius to know moving the child in December is not a good idea.  There is no way the special education teacher was able to cover the same amount of work the main stream teacher covered.  The child is bound to be far behind.

It doesn't take a genius to know that putting the child in a mainstream class might not be the best move educationally for the child, even if the child says that is what he wants.  Even a person with minimal intelligence might realize that children do not know what is best for them, especially when that child is a child with learning disabilities.

It doesn't take a genius to know that making a move like this now is the equivalent of telling the child he is going to fail anyway so why bother giving him any kind of useful education.

I don't know who came up with the brilliant idea, probably someone who is not very brilliant.


Anonymous said...

This is nothing but a cost-cutting idea. In elementary school we may send a special ed child to a main-streamed class for a subject they can handle, but certainly not the whole class.

I also read the powers that be want to cut speech teachers from schools. They deal in language development, so of course they are unnecessary!!

The people that think up these things are awful human beings.

Anonymous said...

It is NOT cost-cutting but rather cost GETTING! Each special ed student placed into general education receives additional funding especially it is a team-teaching class. Come on-did you think the school wasn't getting something out of all this! Children last-every time!

Anonymous said...

Some parents are being lured into changing their kids from self contained to ICT classes. They are being told it's "better" for their kid.

ChiTown Girl said...

It's been well established here that AP is a genius. ;-)

Anon #2 hit the nail on the head!! This is one (of many!!!) screwed up situations going on at the Hell-Hole this year. We have more than doubled our SpEd population. It's almost like New Principal is secretly recruiting these kids!! Every one of them = $$$. It's a very, very sad situation for those kids. They are receiving NO services whatsoever. If they're lucky, they get to follow one of the (completely useless!!) teacher assistants around all day, while they all hide together and hang out doing nothing all day. The ones who are really out of control and hard to handle are literally allowed to run the halls ALL DAY LONG!!! It's so ridiculous!

Ricochet said...

I have one mainstreamed into my class who does not belong there. I grade him accordingly - he needs something I cannot give him - one on one all the time.

Anonymous said...

If you think this is a 'genius idea', you would love to hear what 'the genius deputy chancellors' have in store for next year. I was at the PEP last Tuesday in Brooklyn.
The 'geniuses' want to expand schools by adding more grades in the building. BUT they are just eliminating slots from the current grades that are in the building.

So now, there will be more over crowding and inadequate funding for schools.


(I still need to post my thoughts on the PEP on my blog. I am way behind with writing posts).