Re: “Too much spent on special ed” (letter, 7-14).
As an educator, I believe it is important to educate parents and society as well as our students. I believe many people misunderstand special education and people in our society with special needs.
It is important for all of to know that many people who qualify for special education services or could have qualified for services are or were “talented and gifted.” A partial list of some of those people: Albert Einstein, George Patton, John Lennon, Abraham Lincoln, Agatha Christie, Leonardo da Vinci, Tom Cruise, Winston Churchill, Beethoven, Issac Newton, Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, Walt Disney, Itzak Perlman, Napoleon, Alexander the Great and Vincent Van Gogh.
Evidence suggests others, such as George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Ben Franklin, John F. Kennedy, John Quincy Adams and even Bill Gates.
People should think twice about judging a person’s value to society simply by their IQ. In addition, why don’t we increase funding for all of our students instead of questioning special education funding?