Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Special Education -- How Many Trees will be Sacrificed

"No child left behind" that is the federal mandate, and goal of the current special education programs offered at the public schools. It seems to me the whole things has turned into documenting any little effort to help a child and apparently the more paper used the better.

Why does it requires ten pages to identify the need to learn Times Tables....and the goals that are established to reach that goal is beyond me. The reality is that in this world it's all about "cover your butt" and with every step of special education, the papers are all about the public school proving they did what they were supposed to do... and the proof must be found within the thousands of pages of paper.

It seems to me this stack of papers Must Prove the school system is doing everything they can to identify and help my child learn the things he needs to learn. The sad part is that over the years since "No Child Left Behind" started--the only people Learning are the teachers and administrators.... They have Learned How to Cover their Butts and jump the right hoops to be sure they prove they did the most Basic Things....and tried to teach a special needs child. Every new thing the education system learns results in another 10-20 pages to document what they learned about the needs of my child and how they plan to try to measure any sort of accomplishment along the way.

There used to be a time when a teacher could just teach. Now the teachers have to write Novels about the fact "Little Johnny" will be 70% able to read at the 3rd grade level by the end of the second quarter, and 80% by the end of the third quarter....with the goal of 90% by the end of the fourth.... but--What Does That Mean to the Parents?

I sit here with the Sap of 20 Trees on my hands....reading the pages and pages of words written to prove the school is aware and doing what they can to help my child learn....and all I see is meaningless chatter and cover your butt words on page after page of documentation that the Only Problem there is has to be the Child and their special needs....

The fact is that my son's IEP paperwork required two separate trips home. It would have been child abuse to send his whole file home in his backpack, it could have harmed him due to the weight of it all. I sure wish, No Child Left Behind had resulted in that being the issue--instead of making sure No School is Sued seems to be the result.

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