Teacher Bully: Few Schools in United States

TEACHER BULLY: Few Schools in United States

October 29, 2022

Is it equal for special education students? Disabled students face a lot of challenges. Bullying, timeout, seclusion, and restraint.

What’s in the news?

October 27, 2022.
Not all schools use restraint or seclusion practices on students. Here’s a look at some alternatives.
by Connecticut Insider, Norwalk, CT. Hearst.

What’s the story?

Hearst continues the When Schools Use Force series.

This is about how a behavioral health organization found a way to reduce restraint and seclusion: change the teachers, with simple tweaks.

At Millcreek Township, the teacher is quoted as asking why they didn’t do it earlier, because of its success over five years.

The tweak is actually caring about the student, and actually address the underlying issues.

Now research is showing that seclusion and restraint may not be needed at all, because they shift from “behavior” to actually addressing stuident needs by prioritizing “comfort over control.”

Just that phrase shows that control is the problem and comfort is the solution. Ukeru is an initiative that moves from the wrongly placed responsibility on the student to where it belongs: the teacher.

Another program has an example of a student who was presumed to be bored or disinterested, resulting in acting out. Reading comprehension, which is a basic part of the teaching profession, was the issue. They solved the acting out issue by dealing with real problem. And it is a teacher’s job to improve reading comprehension.

Included in the story?

No. A special education student was mentioned but not quoted. The student’s problem was reading comprension, not behavior.

COMMENTARY:

Is this the Least Restrictive Environment?

No. Mostly special education students are restrained and secluded.

What needs to change?

The system must change from punishing to actually helping stufents.

This is an example of why:

Special education students can’t trust the education system. The system punishes the reaction to a real problem leaving the real problem unaddressed. All schools must change. This is the first step in the right direction at the schools that actually took it.