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Bottom of the Food Chain

All of the teachers at our school are being sent to a literacy training on April 15.

"All teachers" does not, of course, include special sducation teachers.

Most special ed teachers are licensed as both general education teachers AND special education teachers. If credentials mean anything, you might say special ed teachers are twice as smart, or at least twice as educated, as regular ed teachers.

Most special ed teachers seem to have master's degrees as well, at least where I work.

But credentials don't mean anything. Despite all those fancy framed pieces of paper, in the end we're only special ed teachers.

We're being "asked" to fill in as substitutes on 15 April while the real teachers are away.

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dblume
Apr. 1st, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
That's the point. You're the teacher that's already literate, so you don't have to go. Right? Right?

Oh... Geeze.
sjonsvenson
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
So finally the other teachers are going to learn to read and write.
pastilla
Apr. 27th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
No Teacher Left Behind Act of 2010
I think you have to think along the @DBlume lines, otherwise you will go mad.

BTW, there used to be fascinating (and I'm not being sarcastic) Special Ed teacher conferences in the Denver area (which I attended several times). Learning disability conferences are seldom hokey and often have a lot of interesting people, resources, psychiatric lectures and case studies . . . I think you should pull an IDEA maneuver on them and demand a special bus to take you to an even more expensive conference, if not in Denver, at least somewhere in Hawaii. Equal access, baby.
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