Disability is real

Two-thirds of students diagnosed with learning disabilities are normal kids who’ve been taught poorly, argued Jay Greene and Greg Forster on Pajamas Media. The blame the “special education epidemic” on financial incentives to classify struggling students as disabled.

Not so, counters Laura McKenna of 11D, who’s dealt with the system as a parent. Most special-education students have real disabilities that may not have been recognized in the past, she writes.

Many of us can think back to our own childhoods and remember the kids who were ostracized, lonely, strange, smelly, weird, hyper, and angry. Today, those kids have a much better shot at life, and at an education because they are getting appropriate services. With help, they are more likely to finish high school and even attend college. They will be able to more fully function in society and provide for themselves, rather than spend a lifetime on welfare.

Anecdotally, I haven’t seen a single kid in my kid’s special needs classrooms that I thought should not be there. In fact, after having compulsively reading every article and book on neurological disabilities, I see undiagnosed kids (and adults) all the time.

In her suburban school district, administrators see special ed as a huge financial burden.

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