Let me assure you that when I wrote my last post, there were several drafts, and I let time pass so that it wasn’t the rant it started out as. The problem here is not his teacher, as it rarely is. Could she have been more proactive? Could she (still) be better using her resources? Yes, and yes.
The real problem is part of a much larger problem with education everywhere in our country. Too often, teachers and students are made to “get by” with what they have. Sometimes fault lies with local administrators and school boards. Sometimes, fault lies with the state and federal governments. It doesn’t really matter. The fact is that we say we care about education in this country, and we just don’t. When millages come up, we vote them down in fear of higher taxes. When politicians run for office, we care only about our own personal hot-button issues and where each candidate stands on those – their records on education are often a secondary consideration (if not further down). Very few people ever attend a school board meeting, let alone parent-teacher conferences.
In my son’s case, there are two special education teachers for about 40 students in the school. They have one aide. They just started a self-contained classroom and hired a brand new teacher for that program – excellent! But that doesn’t help those kids who are higher functioning, and need adult supports in the classroom like my son.
The Boy and I met with his teacher at the school yesterday – on the holiday weekend. She spent the day there working on setting up schedules and supports for my son – how could we not go in to help? She still doesn’t quite get it, but she’s trying. I can’t ask much more from her.
But you had better believe I won’t stop asking those with hiring power.