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I have a feeling that Sombralee has been put in the same situation. Perhaps
like me, she received no training in college in how to teach special ed kids,
and is in a situation that says teach, but with no information or resources.
Teachers are asked to be everything for every student because of inclusion.
Reality is that teachers have strengths and interests that need to be
sensitively matched to students. On my own, I am pursuing endorsement in G/T
and am using work with G/T kids as the basis for my master's thesis. Another
teacher might pursue work with behaviorally challenged students or learning
disabled students. Wouldn't it make more sense and a better learning
situation for all students to have a teacher interested, informed, and
motivated to meet their particular special needs? This would mean a bit of
ability grouping, but done with awareness and thought, all kids could have
some experience with others. Instead of a communistic view of educational
experience where all are leveled to one plane, a humansitic view that accepts
the fact that differences are apart of real world experience would produce a
better if not "fair" (and what in life is fair?) educational situation for as
many students as possible.