Defend Yourselves

Perhaps it is my own doing, but it saddens and frustrates me sometimes that the preponderance of comments on the site are complaints and criticisms rather than compliments and kudos, and that the critics seem to have taken over the comment space.  In particular, I wonder why the folks whose work is being subject to such unrelenting criticism don't even out the conversation more often -- jumping in to defend charters, principals, or Renaissance2010, or PeopleSoft, or whatever.  I know you read the blog, and hate to see good things dismissed.  But I don't know why you don't enter the fray, and instead leave the comments sections to your critics.  This blog is completely malleable -- if folks who are doing charters or merit pay or AVID or anything else decided to post about their experiences and defend their programs, it the blog would skew that way.  But maybe the comments just echo my own critical nature, and if I were more balanced then reader comments would be, too. 

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  • I will be honest, in relation to students with disabilities attending CPS it is very hard to tell positive happy stories. If we look at achievement the reality is very upsetting, if we look even at employment of formers CPS students with disabilities who did graduate it is upsetting.

    But since Alexander Russo has asked for positive comments I will give one. Early this school year I visited Talcott School. I was very impressed that the school took very seriously academic achievement for students with disabilities, including those with cognitive disabilities.

    Talcott unlike many, many. other schools had a real command of achievment data for its students with disabilities. The school also understood some of its students with disabilities were underachiving relative to their learning potential.

    I found this amazingly refreshing because in the world of special ed., schools and school districts are not legally required to educate students with disabilities to their "potential." They only in the words of the US Supreme Court are required to provide "some education."

    I am sure not every parent of a child with a disability attending Talcott is happy, that would be asking too much of any school. I have no doubt like in almost all CPS schools some students have missed some services due to resource allocation issues driven by CPS central. But schools like Talcott and others that look beyond just what is legally required in relation to educating students with disabilities given the context of austere budgets are for me the good news.

    Now back to the bad news!

    Rod Estvan

    Access Living

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