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Minorities in Special Education: Issues and Answers

by Joseph T. Mayhew, Ph.D. and Robert J. Hudak, M.S. Ed.


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When Special Education Becomes Discrimination

Labels matter in education. There is a growing underclass of disadvantaged children, particularly Black and Hispanic minorities, who are behind the bell curve of their more privileged peers, as early as kindergarten. Despite government programs to help them catch up, the achievement gap widens as they progress through the grades. Unfavorable response to classroom intervention and poor performance on proficiency tests cause frustration among teachers, who are pressured by administrators to raise test scores. Disadvantaged children are therefore being referred for special education testing at earlier ages and in record numbers. With vague and ambiguous eligibility criteria, it is easy for disadvantaged children to qualify for special education. Once they are on that track, motivation and the desire to learn are dampened. Incorrect placement in special education is a disservice not only to these children, but to those who do need special education programs. Written by two longtime veterans of the education system, this book is a compassionate, dynamic assessment of what goes wrong, and how it can be fixed.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 53 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 13, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478791454
ISBN13: 9781478791454
Genre: EDUCATION / Essays

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About the Authors: Upon receiving his doctoral degree from Ohio State University, Joseph T. Mayhew began practicing as a school psychologist in rural Ohio. As an advocate for underserved populations, Joe worked in school districts across the United States, including service to the Navajo nation. Joe has also worked as a teacher and adjunct professor of special education in South Dakota and Nebraska. Robert J. Hudak earned his master’s degree in education from Duquesne University. His first job as a school psychologist was in the Pittsburgh City schools. Subsequently, he moved to Ohio, where he has worked for the past 40 years. Mr. Hudak is currently employed as a school psychologist for the Gallipolis City schools. In addition to his duties as a psychologist, he also works with children learning English as a second language.
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