I remember 20 years ago when I graduated from a special education and a friend of mine, a father, a school principal told me not to waste time getting a master’s degree. In special education. “Special education will eventually disappear from public education,” he said. I worked a lot with my masters at that time, so I thought I should take advantage of my opportunities at the same time, how did I choose that time?
I received special education and taught for about 10 years. There have been a lot of hardships in those 10 years, and I finally decided to make changes, believe it, and move on to high school history. I remember what my friend said a decade ago in my career, and even 10 years later I wondered if I was cheating in schools that didn’t need special teachers. I wondered if my work was safe in my new open house in the history department.
Okay, I wanted to teach history, but life has its ups and downs, so after a decade of teaching history, I personally took first class education in budget protection and lost my job. Thankfully, whether I believe it or not, I was able to return to special education.
It’s been more than two decades since my old graduate friend told me that the need for special education teachers is disappearing. For the past two decades, my friend, like his father, has gone from graduate school to elementary school to assistant principal. Like everyone I didn’t know, I changed from a graduate school to a special education teacher, a history teacher, a special education teacher. Believe it or not, when I got there the second time there was a lot of special educational work to be done. In fact, 49 of our 50 states lack special education teachers, so there were plenty of jobs. Think about it … Two decades later, when I was told that special education was coming to an end, there still seems to be a shortage of special education teachers.
Today, some more years are moving fast and a new and exciting turn is emerging that is affecting special inclusive education. Admission to our schools is not new at the moment. Of course, our school enrollment history is long.
Six decades ago, the Brown High Court filed a lawsuit against Brown and the Board of Education. In 1954, the new land law became a compulsory school for all generations. Fourteen years ago, the Basic Disability Act (IDEA) was enacted, which helped provide more than six million students with disabilities with free and adequate access to education, which means introducing them to the general education population.
For this purpose, schools form a Planning and Placement Group (PPT) that meets and discusses the student’s personal education program (IEP) and then adapts the student based on the student’s needs and rules. Puts in the educational background. Positioning must be at least a limited environment (LRE). I remember my college professor describing a minimalist environment in a short story, no one would bring a machine gun to take care of the bees. Instead, someone brings a bee to take care of the bee. In other words, if a child with a disability can work in a neighboring school, the child should not be sent to a particular school in the city or to another city.
Today, most schools are trying to improve this subscription model and are moving from a partially limited learning environment to a full subscription model. Schools in the Los Angeles School District have admitted most students from neighboring schools who have dropped out of special education centers over the past three years to enroll in select classes such as physical education, gardening and cooking. They are also found for general basic reading lessons, but usually not the same level of choice.