> I know that many special education students need "extra" attention, > but as theachers, that is our job (those of us who are studying to be > teachers also).
I have to wonder how long it has been since you were in a public school classroom. My class period if 45 minutes with a three minute passing period. I am required to take - at the beginning of each class - a verbal roll naming each student on my list and writing his/her name on an attendance form if they are not there or tardy. I have to sign admit slips for all students who were absent the previous day(s). For many of my students I also keep a progress report which follows that student from class to class.
After the housekeeping paperwork is taken care, I can give the students instructions for the day's work and answer any questions students may have about what they are to do. Then I either collect homework or pass back graded work. If there is a group activity, I have to moniter activity for a minimum of ten groups (3 people to a group). I need to give students a grade at least every other day.
This leaves just about one minute a student to give each one some attention. Now you tell me who should give up their time for the inclusion student- The student who speaks very little English? The student who's reading level is low? The student with a mild case of ADD? The gifted student - after all they can get on their own? The average student who will just do his/her best and make few demands? The student who is having a hard time concentrating because: a) his parents did drugs all night, b) his parents fought all night, c) he didn't eat dinner or breakfast, d) another student threatened to beat him up a lunch, e) his "friends" want to jump him into a gang, f) his girlfriend is pregnant, g) she is pregnant, etc.,etc. etc.
The parents of these students demand the students get > more equipment because without this "special" equipment the students > do not get the type of education they need.
Most of the students I teach don't get the education they need. There are not enough computers and the class sizes are too high. Parents are often nonparticipants in their child's education and don't see that homework is done or that school attendance is regular.
Teachers teach a certain > way, but they also adapt to the needs of their students. This is one > more adaption that needs to be made.
At this moment I have adapted my lessons for ESL, ADD, drug and alcohol babies and below grade level readers. > > Whether techers like it or not, special ed students need special > attention. The students have a right to be taught in a specific way > so they can learn and prosper.
You are absolutely right. Special Ed students need special attention. That is why they should not be in my classroom.