Dr. Hammel's discussion Questions
1. how should public education function within a democracy?
I believe that it should be a combination of both government, because they will be providing funding, and the parents/citizens living in each school district. Parents know what their children need, and will be able to offer good suggestions for government and to consider when they are setting up curriculum and deciding where funding should go. I think public education is extremely important because teachers are shaping the minds of future doctors, teachers, scientists, etc. and we need to remember that our country is a democracy and our people should have a say in how their own children are taught.
2. Describe the inequities within our public school education system.
Funding is uneven, schools in poorer neighborhoods have less funding and resources, so students aren't getting as much attention as other schools that have more funding. These schools can buy the newest books and technology, and because of this we are seeing higher scores on standardized tests then the underfunded schools.
3. What is special education.
Special education is lessons and instructions that are geared toward a group or certain child to meet their specific needs.
4. What are the continuous challenges with inclusion in the 21st century.
It can be hard to include students in a classroom because they will be getting less one on one time with the teacher. Other students might believe that these students don't belong in the classroom, and that they shouldn't be here, so instead of feeling included with the rest of the class and feeling normal, the student could then develop feelings of isolation. While it may challenge the student, the change from the normal can be overwhelming.
5. How are public schools funded. They are usually funded by local governments,
6. How does this affect rural and urban areas. These areas can tend to have less funding then other areas which means they don't get the best technology or books, or sometimes even teachers, and this can affect their learning environment, and inhibit their ability to be successful in the future.
7. How can raising a child with disabilities affect a family?
Well it can put a lot of pressure on the parents. They will be constantly exhausted, always tending to the needs of their children (which is different from children who do not have a disability). It can cause couples to separate, leaving the child living with a single parent. If the child has a sibling that doesn't have a disability they can often feel left out, and unwanted because their parents spend all their time with his/her sibling.
8. Describe the label-free approach.
The label-free approach means that teachers should all strive to provide a similar education experience for their students, no matter where they come from. This may mean becoming extra creative if you have a student with a disability in your class. Your goal is to make them feel included, and have them down what everyone else is doing.
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