Why do I have this battle every school year with teachers? There is ALWAYS at least one that just really resists the IEP. I feel like I'm warping back to the 40's every frickin' time I hear this come from some teacher's mouth. My son's accommodations are fairly simple -- things like small group testing. He's IN AN INCLUSION TEAM.
Don't teach in an inclusion model if you can't bear the thought of accommodations in your classroom. Or go teach at a private school where they keep the disabled kids out. Seriously.
I mean, c'mon already!!!
This particular teacher wrote me to tell me he got a D+ on a quiz, and then (without me asking her) let me know that "his IEP does not include an accommodation for retesting (actually, it doesn't because retesting on anything under a C is a school policy.... so its not even an accommodation for HIM, its a policy for ALL THE KIDS).... and then, when he did get to take the retest (because in addition to being a special needs kid, he is also a human child in the school population with the policy on retesting), she wrote to tell me that she had "never been informed" of his accommodations".
Um, did you read the IEP or didn't you? I don't get it?
Luckily, he has a really good Inclusion Teacher. We had a good laugh about it, because you know she's got her hands full when her content teachers are like this. She's handling it. But.... dude... if you have to be "handled", you're a prima donna who probably should be working in the private sector.
That is all.
If by haunting you mean making me fustrated, sure. It sucks to have reaffirmed that (some) teachers think disability accommodations are unfair and disruptive and damaging to others. It feels like something I've been fighting for 2 decades just got shoved back to square 1. Like all the advocacy classes I've taken or seminars I've been in are still completely useless, because of the perspective expressed above.I have to say, this whole discussion and the weird tangent it took has been haunting me all week. Anyone else?