ERIC Number: ED077172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
A Legacy of Service: A Commitment to Excellence. "Exceptional Child Education: A Dumping Ground for All Educational Failures?"
McCarthy, Jeanne McRae
The last 25 years of special education has seen the pendulum swing from over confidence in special class placement to current efforts to mainstream handicapped children. Characteristic of children entering school is variation in ability and learning style. Some of the children will be referred to special education not because of extreme learning problems but because of poor teaching in the regular classroom. The teacher is the most important variable in the child's educational experience, and the teacher who can effectively individualize instruction will need to refer fewer children to the special educator. Public schools must take an active role in the teacher training process. Children must be protected from experienced teachers who suffer from sporadic mental health problems. Improved inservice training programs such as university credited courses are needed. Special educators should involve themselves with improving the diagnostic placement process, promoting a view of special education as an extension of regular class placement, and redefining handicapping conditions which require segregated classes. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Education for Exceptional Students.
Note: Reprint of A Speech presented at the Annual Convention, Florida Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children (25th, Jacksonville, Florida, February, 1972)