In the 1976 film, Network, a nightly news anchor played by actor Peter Finch, says, “”I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” And while I have no desire to meet the same fate as Mr. Finch’s character and be shot to death for my passionate stance on America’s abysmal special education programs, services and student outcomes… Nor will I be silent.
My reference to Mr. Finch’s decades-famous quote would be comical if not so disturbing, as my rant pertains to the egregious reporting of special education by a large majority of our national and local news media. I am sick and tired of misinformed staff-writers on our large city and national newspaper education beat…Literally, beating up the students with disabilities. On a regular basis, there is another poorly written, inaccurate article about how America’s students with learning disabilities and AD/HD are bringing down their schools’ standardized test scores and ability to make “adequate yearly progress” under the No Child Left Behind.
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