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I am an AP and I work with a Dean of Students who helps with discipline. I went to hand her a student referral yesterday that I had dealt with and needed to be filed (part of her job). She asked who the referral was for and I stated the student's name. She said, "Is he slow or something?" I said, "I'm not sure what you mean." She stated, "Because I already pulled the discipline files for the slow kids so I can't file anything in there." I then realize she is talking about pulling the special education student discipline files for an audit next week. It broke my heart that someone in a leadership position would refer to students with disabilities that way. It is still sticking with me today.


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Old 11-16-2019, 08:18 AM
 
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Your Dean of Students needs a refresher course in how to,think of her students.
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Find a nice article
Old 11-16-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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on "person first" language. There are plenty.

Here's one.

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilit...ter_photos.pdf
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Old 11-16-2019, 08:37 AM
 
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That's right she didn't bow down to the religion of political correctness.
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The word slow is making a come back. It seems to be an attempt to be more politically correct. I recently had a couple of different parents use it, so I hit Mr. Google. It would appear that the idea is that the child does not have a learning disability rather they just learn at a slower pace than the rest. It reminded me of the book Leo the Late Bloomer.

I wish it wouldn’t come back. This rash of parents denying there is anything “wrong” with their child is one of my greatest pet peeves. Not only does it impede students getting the services and accommodations they need, but it also sends the child the message that there is something shameful about their learning disability.


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That's right she didn't bow down to the religion of political correctness.
Whatever this means.

In my school we don't call children names or insult them. Politically correct or just being a decent human?
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I think there's a difference
Old 11-16-2019, 10:37 AM
 
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between people and things when you talk about "political correctness."

When you talk about people, it's not political correctness to refer to children with disabilities in a kind way. It's just good manners.
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It's not about being politically correct...
Old 11-17-2019, 02:11 PM
 
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Although another way to say "politically correct" is "be kind and civil", which shouldn't be a challenge to any decent person...

Besides "slow" being a lazy, rude term to refer to children, it's also just incorrect. Not all "SPED" kids are slow, and not all "slow" kids are SPED.

If your mindset is about separating and dismissing kids in this manner, than get out of education, please.
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