Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Why so many children get tagged as needing special education

People often say "Follow the money." when there are questions about why certain events happen. This is clearly true on why so many children get labeled as Special Ed. Joanne Jacobs reveals in Disability on the bounty:

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When the federal special education law went into effect in 1976, 8 percent of students were considered disabled; by 2000 it was over 13 percent. Nearly all the growth has come in the subjective “learning disability” category. About two-thirds of The Special Education Epidemic is a result of financial incentives to label more students as disabled, write Jay Greene and Greg Forster on Pajamas Media. Some officials call it “the bounty system.”
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I doubt that children fundamentally changed over the last 24 years, yet we've seen a huge growth in the number "disabled" children.


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2 comments:

Diamond to Be said...

One of my SIL's frustrations as a ps teacher has been the requirement not to deviate one iota from curriculum, because they are teaching for the year-end test. Now, as a special ed teacher, she has a lot more liberty with the curriculum. Parents who are aware of this liberty have had their children diagnosed with "disabilities" on purpose, to give them better education than the non-special ed kids get. It's so twisted, isn't it?!

Henry Cate said...

"Parents who are aware of this liberty have had their children diagnosed with "disabilities" on purpose, to give them better education than the non-special ed kids get. It's so twisted, isn't it?!"

Wow that is amazing.

And yes, it is very twisted.