New Mission

New Mission

My mission is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues.

I would like to visit and observe different types of schools that have proven records of success, wherever those schools may be. I would like to meet with school directors and administrators, government officials, leaders in the business world, and others who are responsible for implementing education systems or otherwise connected to education to learn more about how education is being addressed in their communities.

If you know of any remarkable schools in other parts of the world (especially special needs schools), please let me know about them. If you know of any education experts who are engaged in remarkable work in this field, please introduce me to them.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas regarding the above. Read more about my mission here.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Dark Side Of Special Education

These two stories, which recently appeared on opposite sides of the same page in the New York Times, show what one might call the dark side of special education.  The first details a preschool provider's billing fraud to steal millions of dollars from the city's special education funds:

The second, an editorial, discusses the insensitivity of local law enforcement officials in dealing with a man with Down Syndrome in a manner that ultimately led to the man's death following a scuffle:  

Both kinds of stories are all too common.  It seems like we read about this kind of thing every other day.  What's it going to take to achieve better oversight and more effectively raise awareness?