It is that very attitude that is wrong.  Warehousing kids based on their 
perceived mental faculties is harmful in the end to these children.

What you describe is better classified as "office politics" rather than 
an actual educational goal.  They don't deserve to be teachers if they 
truly believe what you say they do.


Charlie wrote:
> Cynth <wrote:> What bothers me the most is the attitude that somehow
> those who have developmental disabilities are considered as less than
> human >
> I used to feel the same as you do, but I work in the public school
> system, and the Union Steward told us that there are certain classes
> where less is expected, and we are not to stand out because it makes
> the other teachers look bad.
> Physical Education, Special Ed, and the Arts and Crafts classes are
> basically classes where a lot of subbbing happens because most of the
> time the teachers that get assigned to those classes are there due to
> substance abuse issues. They take a lot of time off and that gives
> other teachers a chance to make extra money. However, if you hot-dog
> it, then you might get assigned the class permanently and that ruins
> if for everyone else.
> We make good money on Overtime, and nobody wants to rock the boat. I
> used to feel sorry for the poor kids, but now I realize that the less
> educated they are, the more funds that they qualify for from the
> social workers that help the parents. So it is a Win-Win situation.

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