> This debate has touched on all the reasons my son now attends a > parochial school. The damage done by special education cannot and will > not be undone.
This is truly a sad statement. When I first returned to teaching in 1965, it wasba special education teacher. I found myself absolutely unsuited for the task. Special education requires more patience and understanding on a minute by minute basis than I have. The special education teachers at my current site are outstanding. Their students produce a very good quality of work - and on a regular basis.
I know this first hand because, as department chair, I routinely check in on other teachers' rooms to see how things are going. I am in the special ed classes at least twice a month - without prior notice. On many days, if I didn't know better, I would think that I was in a regular classroom.
>The practice of inclusion to effect a homogeneous society has nothing to do with education. >Rather, it has everything to do with social engineering.
This I absolutely agree with - don't get me started on what I think of making tapioca pudding out of our children. :)
>I support public education 100% simply because when my son enters the job market he will have >precious little competition.
You may be in for a few suprises here - more than you think but less than I would hope.