Yeah, we all know what they stand for, but, what do they mean? At my school Individual Education Plans mean a student with an IEP has the right to roam the halls at will, molest children, and assault children.
As I drink my morning coffee I see I brought home a suspension slip for a student. This student was touching a girl inappropriately. He did it last year as well. The teacher told me about it because the girl was afraid to complain and did not want him writing a pink slip on the offender. It seems she made the same complaint last year and actions taken only made the matter worse. I have the victim’s older sister in my class. I told her and she told her parents. Her Dad came down and at least got a result for two days.
Another student just runs the halls all day. By the afternoon he is walking in and out of classrooms, knocking on doors, yelling into classrooms. It’s all on film and I’ve pink slipped him eight times in the past ten days.
I could go on and on with examples but that is not the point.
By and large most IEP students are well behaved and easy to work with. But for those exceptions, I have to question why administration is so disinclined to take action. We are told it is because of their legal rights: But regular education students have equal legal rights to a meaningful and safe education. In a case of competing and equal rights why is it necessary for courts or politicians to intervene? Why can’t administrators do their job and insure each child is in the best possible learning environment?
Dangerous behaviors unacceptable by societal standards are not typically manifestations of a child’s learning disability. If violence/aggression is a learning a disability or a manifestation of one, then that individual child cannot be safely integrated into a larger population.
Children in Philadelphia learn the dangers of snitching in schools. Other students learn inappropriate behaviors are O.K. I am told this past Thursday another boy grabbed a girl in a molesting type manner. Reportedly he was told he would be suspended if he does it again.
The hidden curriculum in Philadelphia is dangerous to society and it shows up in our criminal statistics.