My cyberbuddy Kim has a post up on the MOMformation blog: Why choose public school? I commented that the public schools are working hard to support each child but their biggest challenge is learning differences. Learning differences can effect everyone from the smart child that has social issues or may have trouble with conventional learning to the child that has academic challenges.
Teachers that have been out of school for years did not get specific training in learning differences. And there is a infrastructure for when kids have a specific diagnosis (IEP) – but most learning differences do not have a "diagnosis" that is IEP worthy. Even when a kid has an IEP in place, schools struggle to find a way to implement then. And insurance does not usually cover the type of diagnostics that parents need to help understand their child’s challenges (can you say "out of pocket"). Private schools are smaller and have more funding to deal with these issues, but I imagine they are also scrambling to put programs in place.
I feel the answer lies in the philosophies laid out by Mel Levine – who has a site and book called "All Kinds Of Minds". I commented on MOMinformation that I wish he was Secretary of Education… Nothing against the current Secretary – but I would like to see Mel Levine’s programs at every school, public or private.