Allison Lopez

Professor Ramos

English 1B

8 April 2019

  No child left behind

            A teacher named Fair had no idea how to handle her students with disabilities, whose educational challenges ranged from learning deficits to behavioral disturbance disorders. Calling out a child with a behavioral disability in front of the class usually backfired and made the situation worse. Given the evidence provided it should be mandatory for teachers and board members of education to have a degree in special education. In order to become a teacher, they are only required to complete 1.5 of the courses that only cover one disability out of 11 courses they must complete. For the board members in education they do not need a degree in special needs education which causes them to make harsh decisions when it comes to their education needs and support from the schools and other board members. Lacking in education in learning to help children with different types of disabilities, not making it mandatory for teachers, and letting board members take a position without the knowledge of special education.

Funding is the number one issue that is often stated in school meetings and IEP meeting for all students. Which causes the lack of programs for parents and support for their child to succeed. Starting in elementary schools’ children with a learning or physical disability are immediately put into separate classes for half of the day and the rest in a what is considered a normal class. Having to separate classes like this is pushing for more money to afford teachers with this degree and hurting the children more by pulling them out of class to “slow down” the material for them, assuming they are not as smart as their peers or do not have the ability to attempt to learn the same material. Research has found that students with disabilities are capable of learning the same material as other students. The following quote is a response to intervention, which was ruled out “But a major goal of RTI is to keep children out of special education-an acknowledgement that some children are receiving services who should not really need them.” To save money schools would get rid of the separate classroom time and train teachers to be able to teach children with special needs and all other students and making sure they understand the material. In keeping the children who are disabled with students who do not have a learning disability will benefit each student in respecting one another and providing proper training for teachers to help the students. This act will also provide a teacher aid in the classroom to also assist the child if they do not fully understand the material they will be there for support.

            First time teachers often report that they are hesitant to teach children with a disability because they do not know how. A teacher named Fair who, “Although she earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in math instruction for both elementary and middle school, she never had to take a class about students with special needs. She was left to figure it out on the job” (Jackie Mader). Therefore, teachers who come across students who possess a learning disability are not fully equipped to appropriately educate them according to their special needs. This is the case today with desiring to become a teacher. We are not making it mandatory for teachers to get a degree in special education or getting trained to know how to work with children with a physical or learning disability. This is a huge problem when the state board of education moto is, no child left behind. By not properly preparing teachers for students with these conditions often leads to teachers just passing students with a D grade and left for the next teacher to deal with. Thus, contradicting the state board of education’s moto which is apparently what they claim to stand for, we cannot be a society that does not honor our word. We need to be a people that fully believes for what we participate in. We participate in our schools; our children are out into these schools therefore we are representing the moto. Teachers should feel confident in taking this task because this what they are supposed to do, leaving out the opportunity to educate special need kids does not fulfill their capacity as a teacher. A teacher cannot fully attain the title as one without fully completing everything that it entails, being able to adequately educate a large portion of the students with a learning disability. A teacher can not only be able to teach students with no disability because every student disability or not has a different learning ability. Some are visual, some are not, thus a teacher needs to be able to adapt to any kind of student they come across. 

            I personally think it is best to make it mandatory for teachers to either have an AA degree or a BA in special education to become a teacher in K-12 grades. For board members they must have a MA or PHD in order to take that position. It is extremely important to train teachers on disabilities because-big or small- they are always left behind and dumbing down their school work. A disability does not mean they cannot do the same material, it just means they might need it translated in a way that they can understand. Training our teachers on this material in regards to learning and physical disabilities and try to find ways to teach them we will see a huge increase in their test scores and social skills as well, by combining classes and better training. With making this mandatory, teachers will see how much time and effort this job will entail. It is an extremely important job when becoming a teacher because they are teaching little children of the future and can prepare properly if our teachers are well informed and educated on the subject for all students to improve. This will enforce teachers to better present the material to all children and think of creative ways to help kids understand the material and also having the kids enjoy it to. 

            Having our teachers better trained will help children succeed more and get better care and equipment from board members if they were actually well-equipped education wise. In regards to their disability. These children already have to deal with their disability whether it is severe or moderate, the least that we as a society can do is make their life as easy as possible when it comes to learning. Not only does this help the children with these conditions it also helps other kids respect each other whether they are different or not. Creating better social skills for non-disability students and students who are. And keeping them in the same classroom would reduce the money that’s being spent on that and towards equipment the students actually need. Overall it would help the teachers, students, and board members make the best decisions for the children to succeed.

                                                            Works Cited 

Alderson, Priscilla. “How the Rights of All School Students and Teachers Are Affected by Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) Services: Teaching, Psychology, Policy.” London Review of Education, vol. 16, no. 2, July 2018, pp. 175–190. EBSCOhost, doi:10.18546/LRE.16.2.01.

This article talks about how special educational needs and disability services affect all school and teachers, and their rights. It also talks about how to respect the rights of all school student. How I will be using this in my report is talking about the kids in special needs psychologically. I will be using this source to talk about the differences of “normal” and “special needs”

Brown, Emily Ann. “VOICE & CHOICE: Technology-Driven Personalization Builds Equity and Influence for Students in Special Education.” District Administration, vol. 55, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 69–71. EBSCOhost, chaffey.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=133903466&site=ehost-live.

            Teaching children how to use technology to help them improve in school. If a student has dyslexia they can use this website that changes the letters around for them to be able to read correctly. By cutting out the separate classrooms it will provide more funding for the students to be able to use these programs and also at home as well. The money could also be spent on tape recorders, smart pens, and other program websites to help these students learn the material there way.  

Mader, Jackie. “Teacher Training Is Failing Students With Disabilities.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 3 Mar. 2017, www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/how-teacher-training-hinders-special-needs-students/518286/.

            Teacher’s aren’t being trained enough on how to teach children with certain learning conditions and forcing them to just pass and move on. Giving actual evidence of a teacher reporting her own experience with a child and didn’t know how to teach them the material. Article meant for teachers and research purposes to understand how teachers actually feel when they have a student with these abilities. Gives more of an insight and actual evidence with teachers admitting they don’t feel comfortable enough or the knowledge to help children in these cases.

Mengoni, Silvana, et al. “An Evaluation of Key Working for Families of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.” British Journal of Special Education, vol. 42, no. 4, Dec. 2015, pp. 355–373. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1111/1467-8578.12102. 

            It is important that we also involve the parents and families in order to help their children to succeed in school and at home. Without the parents support it would be difficult for the child to be able to succeed outside of school. It takes a whole system to help children with disabilities to learn the material and overcome their obstacles they may encounter. It takes a lot of effort in order to make sure teachers and parents are doing their part at home and school for their loved ones to succeed in life and school.

            SAMUELS, CHRISTINA A. “Special Education’s Future.” Education Week, vol. 38, no. 17, Jan. 2019, pp. 10–12. EBSCOhost, chaffey.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=134082688&site=ehost-live.

This article talks about the future of special education in the U.S. and presents an interview with disability. It also talks about the issues in identifying children with disabilities who require special education. This article is meant for teachers to get a degree in special education. I will use this source to get more specific on teachers getting trained with kids in special need.