The Complexities of Special Education

A recent piece published in The New York Times Magazine covers a current sexual assault court case in New York involving a disabled man and someone who helped him learn alternative communication methods.

The story provides a lot of insight into the history of special education (though not necessarily in formal public school settings) and the complexities that come with teaching people with disabilities to communicate. It also highlights important questions about measuring the intelligence of people with disabilities and the trouble that can come from using traditional methods that aren't catered to the ways they might use to express themselves.

Check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/magazine/the-strange-case-of-anna-stubblefield.html?_r=1

Detroit Graduates: A Year Out

The New York Times published a video series spotlighting five Detroit public high school students. It includes interviews of the students as high school seniors and then again about a year after graduation. 

The videos are powerful. They are not only a reminder of the hardships that a lot of students in this country face, but also of their persistence and beautiful spirits. 

Even if you only have a few minutes, I highly recommend watching them: http://nyti.ms/1hInUwN

"Teaching Working Students"

The early September issue of the The New York Times Magazine is the education issue! If you browse through it, you'll find several articles on secondary education and university education. 

A favorite of mine is titled "Teaching Working Students" and focuses how the policy structure of CUNY schools are not built to meet the needs of the students they are supposed to serve. The article also addresses some of the challenges that working students might face in the CUNY system. 

What are your thoughts? How can a university do more to accommodate students who by necessity cannot be full time?

Check it out: http://nyti.ms/1MdFWEu