Someone repeated this statement to me in tears, notifying me a school employee had made this comment.
He needs too many services. Too much help.
He shouldn’t be here.
Where should he go then? He is legally entitled to a free and appropriate education.
Treating my child as a distraction to your teaching is beneath you.
How you treat the least of these speaks more to your character than how you treat the gifted elite.
You’re feeling overworked and overwhelmed and overloaded. So is he.
You’re unhappy he is in your class or school. So is he.
You notice he doesn’t work well in groups with other kids. So does he.
You think he’s unworthy.
So does he.
Your behavior models for the other students how to treat a child with special needs. Your attitude impacts your relationship with my son–and any other student who is wondering if you are a safe person.
To any teacher, administrator or staff member: if you feel a child can not learn without additional supports in place…then advocate for the child. Speak up at IEP meetings. Help determine what supports the child needs and would benefit from. Give encouragement and be willing to dig in to figure out how to reach him.
Join our team.
Please don’t work against us. It’s the child who loses.