Parents with children who receive special education services from the local school district may be used to having to fight school district officials to get the correct services for their children. They are used to seeing their children struggle in school to keep up with their peers. Many parents fight for years to get the one-on-one attention that their children need to succeed.
However, in some cases, the opposite problem can occur. While it is rare, some special education students are actually put into classes that are too easy for them. This could be due to inadequate testing to determine their abilities or to a dearth in class levels that leads to all special education students being in one classroom. It could even be due to too few special education teachers in the district.
These students may not be challenged by their work. They may receive too much help from teachers, assistants, and tutors and may not be allowed to do as much of their work themselves. In fact, some special education teachers routinely set the bar quite low for their students in an effort to “help” them succeed. However, this can backfire for those students who truly could go far if they had enough of a challenge.
When these children graduate, they may not have a complete arsenal of knowledge and skills that would allow them to get into college or to land a well-paying job. Instead, they may be confined to living with their parents or guardians for the rest of their lives or to working only in low-paying, unskilled jobs.
It is vital that every special education student receives an education that is appropriate for his or her needs. This could mean that some children need to go into easier classroom settings and receive more one-on-one tutoring. For others, this could mean receiving less assistance with classwork or being allowed to sit in on some classes with their peers in the general educational setting.