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Special Education and Art Teachers, Inclucion, Stress, and my gratitude

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susan reynolds (reynolds)
Sun, 08 Mar 1998 22:40:43 -0800

Hello again all...

I have to take the time to send you all a little note of gratitude and
thanks. I have received from you some of the most honest, heartfelt,
thoughtful, insightful, responses to date among all the interviews I
have done. I don't know if the medium we are using (the internet) lends
itself to responses that are more of these things than an in-person or
telephone interview, or if you are above and beyond call interested in
your students than the majority of teachers/peers I've interviewed to
date, but whatever the basis, I thank you, and I suspect it is the
second with a dash of the first ;D.

I thought you would like to know that these papers are for a professor
of mine that is also on the board of and is very intimately involved
with many major decisions involving a major metropolitan city's Special
Education branch of a State School system. He has been involved with
children with special needs his entire life, both gifted and
challenged. He is a very sensitive caring person who has been an
educator himself, a counselor, etc. etc. etc. He is what you might call
pro inclusion, but also lives in the world of reality and believes that
the sweeping reforms, and eventual outcome and implementation was a
blueprint for failure. The main points of contention for him are some
of the things most of you voiced as well. Hopefully as the pendulum
swings again these points will be addressed and the "doomed-to-fail"
will be turned into the "headed-for-success" that we all want. He will
be looking at these papers, not only as a project for me, but as a
source of information he can get no other way, "straight from the horses
mouth" so-to-speak to get feedback via my work with no requests for
name, dates, or places. It is not scientific study, it is a
"reflective" study. I just wanted you to know that your thoughts are
not going in some "file 13" to be not heard other than just an
assignment. I have elected to identify your thoughts in the paper as
originitating from teachers 1-25, and am not required to turn in my
interviews to him. That is the only stipulation I asked for and he

You are all most kind to share your thoughts and feelings about these
subjects with me..