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EDUCATION: Many notables could be ‘special ed’

Letter by Robert Culp Jr., Puyallup on July 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm with 4 Comments »
July 16, 2010 8:57 am

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?

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  1. Zillahboy says:

    I think Robert is confusing people who might qualify for special education if the only criteria was that their thought processes were outside of the norn. None of the folks he mentioned would be in that category due to a lack of intelligence, and that is the obvious reason why special education classes are normally conducted.
    According to his reasoning almost everyone would qualify in one way or another

  2. You never know the score till the end of the game…but we should always allow everyone their place at the starting line…

  3. spotted1 says:

    larsman. At the end of the game, someone has to win and someone has to lose. We, as a country, love winners, but we claim we don’t like losers….

  4. APimpNamedSlickback says:

    Not that I disagree with the message the letter writer was trying to get across, but did I read that correctly?

    Tom Cruise is on a list of distinguished minds and leaders along with Einstein, da Vinci, Beethoven, and Washington????

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