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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Paul McKinley's miracle cure for special-needs children

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Just teach them how to read in kindergarten and first grade. Then they
won't be "identified" by the state as having special needs. No,
really, that's what Iowa Senate Republican leader Paul McKinley said
in a meeting on Tuesday with journalists from the Des Moines Register.
... I'm astounded that McKinley seems to believe special-needs
children simply weren't taught to read well enough. Many kids with
special needs can read. Some kids on the autism spectrum are even
advanced readers, or are gifted in some other area ("twice
exceptional" children). Reading doesn't make their learning
disabilities or other difficulties disappear. If McKinley thinks the
state of Iowa artificially inflates the number of special-needs
children to secure more funding, how does he imagine parents fit in
with this scheme? I have friends raising children on the autism
spectrum, as well as friends whose children have genetic defects, were
exposed to drugs in utero or were abused and neglected as infants.

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