From the Federal Register:
Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-Model Demonstration Projects To Improve Literacy Outcomes for English Learners With Disabilities in Grades Three Through Five or Three Through Six
. . . IDEA has authorized model demonstrations to improve early intervention, educational, or transitional results for children with disabilities since the mid-1970s.
. . . The purpose of this priority is to fund three cooperative agreements to establish and operate model demonstration projects . . .
For more than thirty years, the federal government has been funding IDEA to create models of education that will improve student success for individuals who do not fit the “normed” system of education that currently exists.
In that time, billions of dollars have been spent segregating out certain populations of children in order to provide “special” services that ignore their gifts and talents while concentrating on their inabilities and behaviors.
“Congress enacted what was then the Education for All Handicapped Children Act on Nov. 29, 1975. The law was intended to support states and localities in protecting the rights of, meeting the individual needs of, and improving the results for infants, toddlers, children and youths with disabilities and their families.” U.S. Department of Education
As education has metamorphosized into a profit making institution so too has IDEA.
Education tax dollars are being spent identifying how best to educate children when we know that an Arts based, experiential education benefits all children.
We are spending billions of dollars collecting data to answer a question when we already know the answer, children learn best by engaging in and asking questions about their world.
Though children with learning differences are allowed to attend public school now, they do so at a price. They must be classified, they are still segregated, and they are forced to adhere to an age appropriate curriculum instead of developmentally appropriate based lessons.
When we provide All of America’s children with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education, we will no longer have to spend critical education tax dollars determining how best to educate our children.
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