Do you feel Special Education programs are the appropriate response to a student with a reading disorder, such as dyslexia?
I think it absolutely can help and should be addressed. Dyslexia isn’t magically cured, but students can learn to function with it. Early intervention is huge! I really like a system called “Picture Me Reading”. Words are molded into pictures and eventually the picture cues are faded out. I’ve had elementary students see a lot of success with that.
Why should they not be ?
Well, there could be a few reasons.
Special Education classes have to cover a much wider range of barriers than other classes and the quality of education may suffer (in ways other than it would if the disorder was not addressed) which could be an impairment to the student's education, since dyslexia and other reading disorders don't necessarily mean the person is cognitively challenged.
An alternative option would be tutoring, or a period in which they learn skills to address the challenges from their reading disorders.
There are also tools like printed materials in a font which is more easily read by people with dyslexia, for example.
I think you may be thinking of how special education used to be.
Im a special education teacher and yes I can speak for how every state operates so maybe it is that way where you live but it's very different here from how you describe it.
If a student has dyslexia, they would take all their normal core classes in Gen Ed, if they test low in a certain area, like reading, they would be given an inclusion teacher which would be there to help them and also be given accomodations such as a reading program that will read books to them, and computers/tablets to help them write.
On top of that they would be offered a dyslexia reading class that would take the place of an elective.
But unless they tested very low cognitively they would be placed in a "special education" class where they teach you basic skills to function opposed to class material
They wouldn't be placed**
It absolutely needs to be addressed. I feel most dyslexics tend to be spacial geniuses. We need to capitalize on the terrific skills.
Here’s where you need to be specific as to what you mean by “special education program”. Should students receive the needed support that is offered by the school’s special education department? Absolutely.
I suppose that's fair.
I'm referring to a common public school policy of having special needs students with various needs are handled in the same learning setting.
Actually, I'm not sure if that's the norm nationwide, or if it was but it has been improved on.
We don’t really have that here. We do have a couple young (6 or 7) students that need TONS of support that spend about half the day with a special education teacher, and spend the rest of the day with their class. This is out of 100+ special needs students.
Partly. Tutoring or a specific reading class could address this learning difference.
Extra help can't hurt them if they are already diagnosed
Usually, but it depends on the person
They certainly help, although they aren’t the only possible solution