Schools shortchange boys by labeling their aggressive, rational natures as behavioral disorders, writes teacher Gerry Garibaldi in the summer issue of City Journal.
Special ed is the great spangled elephant in the education parade. Each year, it grows larger and more lumbering, drawing more and more boys into the procession . . . Special ed now is the single largest budget item, outside of basic operations, in most school districts across the country.
Boys know exactly how little they can get away with doing — or having the special ed aide do for them, he writes.