A Brief History of Special Education

Possibly the major and most pervasive a significant special education, as well as my own journey in education, is special education’s romance to general education. Background has shown that this is never a fairly easy clear cut relationship between the two. There has recently been a lot of offering and taking or maybe I should say drawing and pushing when considering to educational policy, and the educational practices and services of education and special education by the human being educators who deliver those services on both edges of the isle, like me. Benny Cenac

Over the previous 20+ years I have been on both similarly sides of education. I actually have seen and sensed what it was just like to be a regular main stream instructor dealing with special education policy, special education students and their specialized educators. I have also recently been on the special education side looking to get regular education teachers to work more effectively with my special education students through enhancing their instruction and materials and having a bit more persistence and empathy. 

Furthermore, I actually have been a popular regular education teacher who taught regular education addition classes trying to shape out how to best work with some new special education teacher in my class fantastic or her special education students as well. And, in contrast, I have recently been a special education introduction teacher intruding on the territory of some regular education teachers with my special education students and the modifications I think these teachers should implement. We can tell you first hand that none of this give and take between special education and regular education has been easy. Nor do I see this pushing and yanking becoming easy anytime soon.

Therefore, what is special education? And what makes it so special and yet so complex and controversial sometimes? Well, special education, as its name suggests, is a specialised subset of education. That claims its lineage to such people as Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard (1775-1838), the medical doctor who “tamed” the “wild boy of Aveyron, inch and Anne Sullivan Macy (1866-1936), the teacher who “worked miracles” with Sue Keller.

Special educators train students who may have physical, intellectual, language, learning, sensory, and emotional talents that deviate from the ones from the general population. Exceptional educators provide instruction specifically focused on meet personalized needs. These teachers quite simply make education more available and accessible to students who otherwise would have limited access to education due to whatever handicap they are struggling with.

It’s not simply the educators though who play a role in the background of special education in the us. Physicians and local clergy, including Itard- mentioned above, Edouard O. Seguin (1812-1880), Samuel Gridley Howe (1801-1876), and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (1787-1851), desired to ameliorate the neglectful, often abusive treatment of individuals with problems. Sadly, education in america was, more often than not, very neglectful and harassing when dealing with students that will vary somehow.

Generally there is even a wealthy literature in our land that describes the treatment provided to many of these with disabilities in the 1800s and early on 1900s. Sadly, in these stories, along with the real world, the segment of the population with disabilities were often confined in prisons and almshouses without good food, clothing, personal care, and exercise.

For among the this different treatment inside our literature one needs to choose Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens’ A Xmas Carol (1843). In addition, many times people who have ailments were often portrayed as villains, such such as the book Captain Hook in J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” in 1911.