Com 150 Essay writing
March 12, 2010
I knew a couple of students trapped in the world of special education. These students appeared normal, some of them probably did sufferer from some type of learning disability but not to the point of being isolated from their peers because school officials want to categorize them as special education for the old mighty dollar. Some of them went from elementary all the way through high school in special education. Most of them graduated from high school at a fourth grade reading level. I explore how special education evaluation system works, why schools enroll average students in to special education programs and what happens to students who graduate from the special education program.
Special education may be harming students instead of helping; for instance, students who are underperforming have a greater chance of being placed in special education, a program these students would not normally be considered for. Schools increase their special education enrolment numbers so that they can increase their government funding. Jay P. Greene Marcus A. Winters reports, “One in 20 school students are diagnosed with SLD”. (Winters & Greene, 2009) SLD stands for Specific Learning Disabilities, the most subjective diagnose category in special education. The percentage of students branded with SLD varies nationwide. In one case winters and Greene writes, “Maine students are 74% more likely to be classified as disabled than a student in California is” (Winters & Greene, 2009). The problem is not that the geographical location; the problem is the system the states use to classify their students. Schools receive more funding as more students are placed in special education. That implies, the more students the school places in special education, the more money the government awards the school. The thought of school leaders...