Making Schools Balance Students With Unique Educational Needs
The U.S. is full of diverse and distinctive ethnic groups, different sexual orientations, and even more different religious groups. Even with this diversity, it should be said that people are still supposed to be able to understand each other. As for varied student groups, the needs of such groups require some careful attention. Considering the wide variety of educational needs in some cases, some schools end up looking for ways to serve these students, but without having to worry about having these students’ academic progress.
Different schools cater to various audiences. Some schools cater to students with physical disabilities, or just those who have special needs due to exposure to certain diseases. Most of the time, though, it’s not possible to cater to every educational needs of students. For example, those with hearing disabilities would not like to face their peers while taking part in class activities. On the other hand, students with visual impairment would not want to stand in front of their peers when studying for tests.
The need of schools to cater to different student groups extends beyond these obvious kinds of students, though. Still some schools wouldn’t want to serve them since it would be more of a hindrance than anything else. Some schools would even look for ways to make accommodations for students with more emotional or behavioral needs.
And as they are all different kinds of schools, it’s common to see districts that cater to specific groups, like students from lower socio-economic levels. Because of this, it’s easier for such students to get the kind of accommodations they need when they start high school.
A Filling Lack
At the same time, it’s still not possible to cater to all student groups.
One problem that arises in schools is that most students struggle to express their needs. Students have to understand what help they need, what support would help them meet those needs, and what would improve their study outcomes. All that without realizing it. This lack is more evident in non-genital body types.
Students with non-genital body types, for example, may simply not have the courage to write or make themselves understood. There are also those who can’t find what exactly needs to be done. It isn’t even uncommon to see instances where the student couldn’t find the help he/she needed and therefore failed to progress in his/her study. This can become an issue, especially in a group when members didn’t go to the same school. So there are many examples of students failing to learn how to communicate their needs in a meaningful way.
That not just happens to students from lower socio-economic levels.
Students who go to some schools cater to those with higher levels of ability, but not to all. There are students who struggle to make themselves understood. And maybe they need a little help or some support to go ahead and make the progress they need.
A Need for Improvement
While some schools are able to cover these special needs, there are still plenty of situations where schools fail to meet their needs. Parents often complain that their children are getting lost in a sea of students struggling to be understood.
Another major issue is also a lack of proper transparency. Most schools don’t reveal to parents what support they are providing to students. Some schools may even make it look like their students are taking part in in extra activities. These allow them to hide the fact that the assistance is just going to be going into providing aid rather than improving the academic position of their students.
Some colleges, and even some universities, also don’t provide students with disabilities with accommodations at all. Some of them admit that they don’t like having to provide accommodations. This is one aspect that needs to change.
This is where schools fail because of lack of clarity of what they need to do. Schools cater to each student group differently, and each group needs to feel at home in their school.
At the same time, it’s important to remember that students do not have to go to the same schools because it would not allow them to express their learning needs in the way they wish. Schools can help their students, though, and it’s important to understand when and how to do this. In my opinion, it’s important to be transparent about what needs to be done.
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