Thursday, September 9, 2010

If Kids With Disabilities Are Not Broken, Do We Have to Change How We Teach Them?

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If kids who don't sit still are not bad kids, (Raise your hand if you ever were bad for not sitting still)and if kids who don't always focus on the lesson are not lazy, and if kids who don't read well are not stupid, do we have to change the way we teach them?

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I met Jonathan Moody at the Arizona Conference this year, and I was truly inspired by his keynote. He is an advocate of neuro-diversity. If bio-diversity is good, and if we routinely require diversity training, maybe we should look at how people learn and adapt teaching methods to the kids?

Jonathan has a learning disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In school he was routinely called and made to feel stupid, lazy and bad. Does this sound familiar to anybody? If some kids learn differently, they require specialized instruction, and this is the legal underpinning of special education law, but do we really get the right messages to these kids? I think that maybe we need some changes in how we think about and deliver special education.

We will have more on this soon. Jonathan Mooney has agreed to be interviewed for this blog, and believe me, he says it a lot better than I do. Please stay tuned for more on this topic.
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  1. Great topic...look forward to reading more on it.