Academic Standards and a Boy with Autism

imageI read this from Diane Ravitch’s blog this morning and my eyes stung. My throat closed up. I share this with you because it resonates a sadness in me that is hard to describe.

Some of you may say..well this is a problem in the public school and my child is in a charter school, or an alternative school, or a private school or an unschool.

Yes..some of us have options. Others of us have options but they are limited.

And some  families get turned down, marginalized or counseled out of a range of schools and classrooms because the child is “different” and may not respond to the program in the same way other students do-even though the research informs us that we will  see remarkable growth and benefit from that child being in an experiential setting…and benefit to the other students as well….who get to learn about people who think and act differently than they do…  A wonderful way to develop socio-cognitive skills that includes concept of other, which leads  to the development of empathy. Empathy is abstract thought and higher order thinking that is necessary to critical thinking, problem solving, creativity… thinking outside the box.

This just returns us to the question that has yet to be throughly discussed. What or who is school for?


Diane Ravitch blog post here:

Academic Standards and a Boy with Autism.


About cthebean

Educator, musician, social justice activist...and now a blogger. Children deserve unflinching support from adults.....they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody's kids. Everywhere.
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