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You've got to commit the resources. And yes, it costs money.

I'm the lead teacher in a large urban high school inclusion classroom for five out of six periods a day. I have regular students, special education students, emotionally disturbed students, blind students, deaf students, English Language Learners, students in wheelchairs, you name it.

We average 30 students per period. I have an inclusion teacher, who is a special ed teacher with a Master's degree IN special ed, I have a teacher who signs for deaf students, I have another special ed teacher with a Master's specialization in emotionally disturbed students, all of whom are in the classroom whenever their particular special population has a member present.

On demand, we have assistant principals, campus police, the department heads of ELL, Special Ed, and Social Studies. It's the first non-boring job I've ever had. In 10 years, we have had exactly one classroom disturbance, and that was a regular student breaking up with her boyfriend, resulting in her shoving a desk around.

So does it cost money to have 3 master's level teachers in a room plus an interpreter? Yep, and the results are worth it. The senior class overall has a nearly 30 per cent failure rate, but our rate in our inclusion part of the world was less than 15 per cent, and in every case, was caused by poor attendance.

Maslow was absolutely right - if kids don't feel safe and supported, nothing good can happen. Sounds like St Paul is trying it on the cheap. Don't know how big the school is, but 6 total new staff don't seem like much. Best of luck to them, but they really need to commit to doing what is actually needed.

I've been teaching for 19 years at a large urban high school here in west Texas, and I have

never met any teacher with an attitude as you have described.

Standardized testing defines what will be taught and nothing else, because district money, administrative pay, teacher pay, facilities money, all revolve around those sacred results.

Now this is all strange, since no longitudinal study has ever followed a group of students from birth to death to find out what contributed most to happiness in their lives, and that's the only reason for living - happiness.

Students still come to the USA from all over the world to attend school here, because the simple fact is, we have success here - the world's largest economy, extremely high standard of living, especially for a large, high population country of heterogeneous makeup.

Without teachers, there is no education. And everyone teaches, by example and by word, all the time. This is why your type of post is quite distressing - it's similar to someone telling a child that the police are all corrupt, that all members of the government are out to get them, that people of different races and religions are evil. The fact is, it's simply not true, and while any profession has less-desirable elements in it, they don't last long without outside factors - relative, friend, huge scarcity in the field, or something else.

300 students a year, 6 hours in the classroom each day, hundreds of hours of preparation, worry, define, refine, include, reteach, retest, be observed, do observing, all culminate once a year for those who teach seniors, like I do, in graduation at 8:30 tonight, when hundreds of students will become graduates, and it will be my privilege to see them in my neighborhood, as I do and have for the last two decades, as they share their success, family photos, job woes and triumphs, temporary setbacks and major disasters in life with me. It's my absolute privilege and joy - not one of them has ever been unkind to me, nor ignored me in the real world in all these years.

Beats banking, graphics arts, baby pictures, insurance sales, truck tire sales, newspaper writing, construction, oilfield work all hollow, and is a far more demanding and difficult job with real consequences than any other those other jobs I held previously.
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