The disproportionate rates of how students of color are sent to special education are often to their detriment, students are placed in isolated in classrooms away from their general education peers. Rather than reflecting racial discrimination, the overrepresentation of students of color in special education can be chalked up to the higher need for those services, or because special education placement is correlated with poverty. It is not suggested that this correlation in itself could be due to discrimination.
My students attend a Title I school in a large over-crowded urban neighborhood.
They are brilliant and kind kids who despite the odds stacked against them, they show up every day ready and willing to learn. There is no true correlation between race and special education services, but students of color are often over-represented. They know things are harder for them than their "typical peers" but still, they persevere and they smile through the lessons. And I find most days, they have more to teach me than I have to teach them.
I am a first-year special education teacher, in a low-income school on the west side of Chicago. Recent masters graduate and former special ed student myself, I want to ensure that the worries of pencils, crayons, notebooks and more, are something my students will not have to worry about. When the odds have already been stacked against them, the last thing they need to worry about is "where am I/How am I going to get all of this stuff?"
You don't change the world until you change the way a child sees the world.
And by providing my students with a classroom full of books, and supplies, they will be able to solely focus on how they are going to one day change the world.
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