- Teachers are not receiving the full and proper knowledge, training, and/or experience with student with disabilities.
- Educators are only required to receive a bachelor’s degree in education, minimum classroom experience (usually not in mainstream classrooms), and a licensure.
- They are entering their career oblivious on how to handle a classroom with both disabled and non-disabled students.
- Teachers are forced to create their own strategies, which are usually negative.
- Educators view student’s disability behavior issues as disruptive.
- They don’t understand what it is like having a disability.
- Students with a disability are unable to control their actions. and they should not be penalized for things out of their control.
- Teachers in Texas refused to have students with a disability because they didn’t want their classroom to be disorderly (Rosenthal, 2018).
- Teachers have a negative stigma on disability.
- Educators perceive students with a disability as a burden on the classroom and to their parents.
- Teachers treat disabled students with shame because they feel bad for them.
- Teachers don’t know how children with disabilities feel or think, and teachers create their own perceptions.
Conclusion: If teachers kept an open mind, changed their negative stigma, and received a sufficient amount of knowledge and experience with disabled children, they would then not behave insensitively and irrational towards children with disabilities.
Rosenthal, B. (2018, January 11). Texas excluded thousands from special education, federal officials say. New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/us/texas-special-education.html