Following this thread, I have questioned, "Who are these students?"
I agree that I do not want my sons to be held back in their learning process. My 10th grader was reading at a college level in 8th grade. He is a wiz on computers. My 5 grader is working on a upper middle school level. I have seen them take their time to help other students (actually, my eldest has also been taken out of class to help the adults set up computers systems for the school) I have said, "I don't want them to be taken away from their studies!" My sons have told me that THEY want to help. It helps them to better understand the material. And THEY JUST WANT TO HELP. One day I watched when one son was in second grade. A student was new to the class and scared. My son took him to the reading corner and was his friend. I can't, as a mother, ask for more. I am proud of their kindness and the respect that they show to all the people at school. By the way, my sons are "Special Ed", dyslexic, adhd, and included in regular classrooms. They are known as the "best behaved kids" at school. They have helped others and others have helped them. ALL CHILDREN have a right to be judged for who and what THEY are! IEPs should be individual, it is after all "INDIVIDUAL education plan". If a child shouldn't be inculded in a classroom, that should be in his IEP. And, just because a child is "special ed" should not exclude him from the class. We have a powerful tool, the IEP. We need to use it wisely so that ALL children can recieve an appropriate education. Jane Bellew