I found this speech researching a novel I am writing about the effects on children of the Great Depression. It was given in 1939, at the White House Conference on Children and Youth. It was delivered as part of the fourth such conference, the first taking place in 1909, the last [...]
Today, after a student study team meeting, the members, including the assistant principal, school nurse, psychologist and myself (the teacher and parent had already departed), all looked at one another in disbelief. Were we about to test another autistic kid? The school psychologist pointed out that statistically we should be identifying about 10 [...]
What is the best way to prevent the wholesale murder of innocent puppies? Are puppies being murdered? Is that a question we should be asking? Or is it more important for us to react to a situation because somewhere, somehow, it might be happening?
What is the best way to repair our [...]
First an admission: I am writing this post on an iPad using a voice app called Dragon dictation. Second: I don’t like technology. Let me qualify that: I don’t like technology when it is used as an excuse to deny children the help that they need. A few years ago, two boys [...]
Charter schools are part of the Chicago schools system and are given more flexibility in staffing, curriculum and other areas — similar in theory to home schools. They receive public funding per student, causing the lawmakers concern over a possible redefinition of home schools.
Too much valuable instruction time is taken away from teaching meaningful tasks that could lead to more independent lives, the tests are not respectful of the students and they do not accurately reflect the goals of the students’ Individual Educational Plans, parents and educators said.
At Fox Meadow BOCES kids were the ones you liked to stay away from, the retards, the ones who were bused in. There were two patches of ice on the big field below the school: the big one for the normal kids and the small [...]
Social stories explain social situations that might be difficult for kids on the spectrum to understand. I have tried to write them for my six year old son and recently we animated one together (see above; Flash required).
A social story for Bill Gates might go:
Sometimes we want [...]
- Arne Duncan
- Barack Obama
- Bill Gates
- Boom Boxes
- Charter Schools
- Great Depression
- High Stakes Testing
- Michelle Obama
- No Child Left Behind
- Occupy LA
- Occupy Wall Street
- Public Schools
- Social Stories
- Special Education
- Teacher Firings
- The Press
- Virtual Special Ed