My First Parent: Special Ed-Conomics

I am very nervous. I am about to meet my very first parent of one of my special ed students.

I have worked almost 8 hours preparing for my first “IEP” conference—a time when the teacher assesses and reports on the Special Education child’s progress toward the goals which were set months earlier. The conference takes place with the principal, assistant principal, psychologist, nurse, teacher, and parent.

I carefully and slowly explain each point to the mom, waiting while my words are translated into Spanish. She remains silent during the entire report, even when asked for input. When I finish, I ask her again, “Do you have any questions for us at all?”

Well, yes, as a matter of fact, she does:

“Can I get extra money from the state because I have another one of my children in Special Ed?”

That’s all she wants to know. Not “How can I help my daughter?”, or “Isn’t there more YOU could do to help my daughter?”

I learn that this mom has eight older children, all of whom were labeled Special Ed and all of whom are serving time in prison. (No—I am not making this up.) I also learn that, yes indeed, when a parent is on welfare, the state gives extra money for each child labeled “Special Ed”.

I don’t want to think what I’m thinking. But I bet you are thinking it too.

Special Ed Versus Regular Ed Spending Pie Chart

How Many Kids FIT On That Special Bus?

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Bullying Children For Entertainment

Oh, Jimmy.  How could you?

This past Halloween, how …disappointing… to learn that it was in response to a solicitation from you, Jimmy, that parents had chosen to pimp out their own young children and bully them in order to gain one minute of  TV fame.

All were amused by the awesome feelings of betrayal, and the broken hearts that resulted. 

Many Crying Babies


A montage video for you to savor the different flavors child pain comes in (okay, some of the little darlings are clearly spoiled, but others just as clearly suffered honest feelings of betrayed hurt):

How extra-disappointing it was to learn, Jimmy, that, once you realized the pain you and their clod progenitors [very low-class parents] had caused, rather than womaning up and NOT showing the cruel videos, you chose to man out and show them anyway. 

(Yes, I get tired of the the outrageous insult to every woman and girl every time the sexist phrase “man up” is used–if you’re a male reader, how did it feel to have the high-heel on the other foot?)

Jimmy, you went for attention and fame yourself, giving a false apology to the child victims you were about to demonstrate zero empathy for. 

    * You could have instead explained to your viewing audience why you had chosen to NOT show the videos you’d asked them for. 

    * You could have said that you had made an initial error in judgement and didn’t want to compound it. 

    * You could have taken the opportunity to illustrate that care for others should always come first.   Especially care for our smallest and weakest others.

But you didn’t.

And although many of us were introduced to two of the most charming young gentlemen (their video appears at the bottom for the two or three of you who may have somehow missed it)

–two little boys who held up to their mom’s gentle bullying in the most delightful manner (a sign that she and/or their father DO display some awesome parenting skills when not behind a camera)– 

Even though we were so pleased to meet these sweethearts, that does not undermine the main point here:

You shouldn’ta’ oughtn’ta’ dunnit, Jimmy. 

Because for every one good parent, there are fifty unparents these days, and you only encourage people like this:


Now, here are those charmers–because, really, who can get enough of them (and aren’t I the very hypocrite for showing this, after reaming out ole’ Jimmy?):

2014–Retitled from “Kimmel Disappoints”.

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