Who's the Slow Learner?
A Chronicle of Inclusion and Exclusion
“A feisty, funny, instructive and inspiring book for anyone who has anything to do with education. You don’t have to share Sandra McElwee’s Christian faith to get a kick and a charge out of her ebullient good sense, tenacity and passion for parenting and living.” —Cristina Nehring, Ph.D. New York Times Bestselling Author of A Vindication of Love and Journey to the Edge of the Light
Sean McElwee was born with Down syndrome, and entered his neighborhood school as a general education kindergarten student with the supports, accommodations and modifications he needed to be successful. He was included in all aspects of his elementary school; learned to read, excelled in math, performed in Talent Shows and most of all made many friends. Elementary school was such a wonderful learning and nurturing experience—then the horrors of Secondary school began—and sadly never ended. Struggling to be included where the students were welcoming but the educational staff was ignorant of Inclusive Best Practices and unwilling to learn, Sean survived. High school educators limited his ability to participate by violating his Civil Rights multiple times; denying access to electives, sports and elections. Sean’s mother learned laws she never thought she needed to know, and tried teamwork, diplomacy, and finally became punitive with Compliance and Civil Rights Complaints. Who’s the Slow Learner includes creative examples of accommodations and modifications. Education Law unfolds in their story revealing the hard lesson that while Inclusive Education is the law, you cannot legislate attitudes. This is the first book that chronicles a student with special educational needs from preschool to high school graduation. It is a story of triumphs and successes; losses and failures. Not a “how to” book but the chronicle of “how they did it” as Inclusion pioneers forging the way. Written in the hopes that parents and educators can learn from the achievements and errors made on both sides.
Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 333 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 21, 2014)
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Children with Special Needs