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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I probably should not tell you this....

Have you ever had a teacher say these words - "I shouldn't be telling you this", "Don't say you heard it from me", "I can't answer that" , "I've been in trouble in the past for saying to much"and so on?

Why would our teachers be fearful of telling us something that would benefit our children? Do they not consider it their job to educate our children ? To look out for their best interest? To recommend the needed services that would help our children?

Being the mom of a child with special needs I have over the years heard these words come out of teachers mouths leaving me discouraged and frustrated. Wondering what additional information they are withholding from me, wondering why they would not tell me all there is I need to know, why they feel it is not my right as a mom of a child who needs others to advocate for him to be informed of everything?

Today, as I once again heard those words come out of a teachers mouth I wanted to literally scream "Who are you benefiting by NOT telling me, by NOT sharing this apparent insider information, by NOT doing all you can do for a child in need." Who will win in this situation not the child, not the innocent.

Could they really fire you ( the Teacher) - for telling a parent the truth, telling a parent what services are available or what your child really needs to accommodate their learning challenges?

This has got to STOP we have got to SCREAM...

Is there a gatekeeper above our Teachers watching over them ready to reprimand them if by chance they actually help a child get what they need? If they actually give a child the services they as a professional believe they need?

We as parents need to not only have a voice but use it. Ask questions, advocate for our children, stop accepting the No's, debate the laws, make change.

I often wonder if a Teacher could be held liable for withholding information on what would be best for a child's education, for not providing services they believe would be in the best interest of a child, for not advocating for what is right.

Today I stand and say I will NOT stop screaming, stop asking questions, stop advocating until our voices are heard for those without a voice, those without decision making powers, those who are the innocent losing out "Our Children".

You may be saying "Easier said then done". I say together we can make a difference in the lives of those with out a voice.

Step 1 : Join mom congress and be part of the Lesson Plan for change www.parenting.com/momcongress.

Step 2: Go see the movie Waiting for Superman ( I have not seen it yet but the reviews say it SCREAMS for making education changes for our kids)

Step 3: Get active - Pick up the October issue of "Parenting - school years" magazine and read the Advocacy tool kit for parents that was developed by myself and 50 fellow MOM congress delegates and begin to use your voice for change.

Let's SCREAM for change.

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Blogger Star Wars Mom said...

I fully agree with you about this. I homeschool my kids, as often as possible, because the school system has failed too many kids.

I have heard nightmares about parents dealing with the IEPs. It is ridiculous. So many parents have to end up suing the School District to get what they need. Why? Because the district is greedy and spends way more than needed per a child to give them a mediocre at best education.

Parents are responsible to make the change!

October 5, 2010 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Yolanda M. Gordon said...

I agree with you on this and thank you for writing this. I have three special needs children and since entering this world, its seems that teachers do things to prevent from being fired or for fear of getting chastised. I think that this is a part of education that is in need of a serious change and I have been saying that for years.

October 6, 2010 at 5:40 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I'm a teacher. I promise you, we CAN be fired for telling parents things the school doesn't want you to know. We do it, because we love your children. When we ask that it not come from us- it is because yes, we can (and will) be fired for telling you. There are cases where we may have gone to a superior already requesting assistance for a child, and been denied for whatever reason- and told NOT to mention it to the parent. It is usually a financial reason. Also, there are parents who are in deep denial about their child's problem, and have sue the schools for a teacher suggesting assistance or testing. It has happened.
It's an awful, vicious cycle.
But no, we don't want to be fired. Who does in this market? Yes, mommies and daddies- scream for change! PLEASE!!! We are screaming, too. But it is not the lowly teacher that is stopping your child from getting help- it is the administration, the local government, and the state boards. We have almost no control at all.
Mom to bio and adopted, special needs and "regular" students. Teacher. And yes, I have told parents when I have been told not to. Because kids matter to me.

October 6, 2010 at 1:38 PM  

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