In article <330FF418.548B@sos.net>, Ken Laha <email@example.com> wrote: >Marc wrote:
>> In many cases, that is not the way the system works. IEP's are mass >> produced, and the students are dumped (or mainstreamed, depending on >> who's talking) into the already full regular ed room with no extra >> support, no extra training. The special ed kid is lost in a sea of >> kids. I live this every day. I've not had an aide in my class EVER, >> and not had a special ed teacher help me in five years. I have had >> dozens of special ed kids included in classes of up to 37.
>Have you tried ASKING for help? Demanding help puts the other party on >the defensive, and then you're not likely to get it.
The only legitimate purpose of a school is to teach students according to what those individual students can accomplish. But I see little effort to do this.
Large classes are not that bad IF the students are sufficiently comparable in abilities and backgrounds. As I posted elsewhere to a question about what Purdue does for "special education" students, and we do have them, does not extend to substantial change in what the "regular" students get in the classroom.
The special education students should not be lumped together. The physically handicapped, dyslexic, blind, and many others require some assistance and some tolerance; often this requires additional action by others, generally not the teacher, in class, and action outside of class. The change in the classroom should be little, and reducing the content should be forbidden. -- This address is for information only. I do not claim that these views are those of the Statistics Department or of Purdue University. Herman Rubin, Dept. of Statistics, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette IN47907-1399 firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (765)494-6054 FAX: (765)494-0558