Special Education Essay

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The lack of parental participation in special education remains an issue. Despite putting different practices in place for children with learning disabilities it seems the attention and the drive to do it is not there. Parental Involvement is still limited whether it is because of not understanding the disability of the child or severity, or becoming overwhelmed or just no time because of lack of time management. This paper gives a study of facts and details of things that can possible aide in getting the parent involved in the child’s educational process.
Every child should be educated no matter what the circumstances. The reason why most children do not succeed is due to the lack of ...view middle of the document...

A mind is a terrible thing to waste and reading and accurate study time can help any individual succeed.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA); this was a way for federal government to oversee local schools by imposing measurable requirements on Local Education Agencies (LEA), or districts (Lewis, 2003). With this act each state is required to implement statewide academic standards. This act was built on four main principles, expanded local control and flexibility, doing what works best for research, and more options for parents. Some believe having a parent as a teacher is more effective because they spend more time assisting the child with homework and other assignments. It is extremely important that a parent always assumes an active role in the life of a child especially when a child has a disability. The Individuals with disabilities Act of 2001 took away the separation between regular education children and children with disabilities. According to Hale (2008), special education became just a” place” not a service, and most children that were in special education classes still struggled and the one ‘s who needed help did not receive the help in time and had to “wait and fail” before anyone would even help them. If you notice in most schools if you enter a special education classroom in a sense most times they are being unproductive. Very few times you find a very active class and that is when you have a teacher who really cares about their students which is very rare. Education is important with or without a disability putting forth the extra effort to help children with disabilities succeed is the problem.
Parental Involvement is scarce because the average parent most time gets to spend a minimum of an hour a day sometimes less assisting there child with school work. Because most parents allow life to get in the way of how they spend time with their children. A child needs attention about 12 hours a week or more for effective study time. This means reading and understanding what your child is learning and studding about which will require some studding on the parent’s part as well.
In society today so many parents don’t even care what their child is doing or if there child is succeeding. Because they allow work and other things to come before children and family. Children with disabilities have so many needs most of them have medications they have to take daily and special equipment as well. According to Watson (2012), learning disabled students often have weak memories. So now teaching special needs children is focused on basic skills and memorization rather than problem solving and decision making. In 1988 a study was done by Woodard, Carnine, and Gersten and the results showed that students with disabilities scores higher than their counterparts (Lombardi, Savage, 1994). Teaching children with disabilities takes critical thinking skills because in this you have to...

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