I have been questioning not only how we identify it, but if SLD even exists, for years. But since it's been brought up again, this time on the national level, ”Maybe if we reached a consensus on what a learning disability actually is, we could identify it…” (NASP-ListServe, August 27, 2008, Message #53876), I wilI provide another opportunity for you to make a great choice regarding the myth of SLD.
Miss D always has a lot to say and she likes to often remind her fans, at least once per year, that "Specific Learning Disability" (SLD) is an invented legal and political term... it's not a, you know, real thing. There certainly is not any sort of scientific or psychological basis for the term. Public schools are legally required to call your kid learning disabled when the educational system doesn't work ("Don't blame us, we're gonna blame your kid's brain... but not to worry, we'll give him or her some extra help with that math homework and by doing so we'll be documenting that we're providing FAPE so we're legally covered when we all go off to court, baby"). Think about that for a second - these lawyers are almost like geniuses!
No matter what you believe SLD actually is, when your kid eventually graduates from the public education system, viola, s/he no longer has it! It's almost like magic.
What's your favorite approach to SLD? Ultimately, it really doesn't matter how the victim of the process was diagnosed and placed... it most likely won't help. Below is a quote from John Householder, Past KASP President, from the CASP forum...
"Typical special education during 4th and 5th grade increases reading by only .04 SD over what would occur in the classroom. In addition, SDC's, when looking at LD and ED students (which typically can also be served in RSP's) have effect sizes of +.29. An effect size of +.50 is interesting and +.75 is something that is probably worth a look into. So for most... special education is NOT working. If the argument is that we are using it because someone wants it that to me poses some ethical issues. People also thought that Indian Reservations managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs was a great idea as well as Japanese Internment Camps." John Householder.
If... oh, never mind.
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