Strategy only addresses certain sudents' needs

To the Editor,

Re: New teaching strategy aims to reach struggling students earlier, Jan. 8.

There is a difference between children who are struggling academically and students whose special needs affect the entire class due to behaviour they are possibly not capable of amending due to no fault of their own.

This new strategy sounds like it may really work for the former, but not for the latter. I think there should be consideration to the class as a whole first and foremost.

This means children whose behaviour affects the entire group on a regular basis may need to be moved to a smaller group of students who are working together on similar issues. I don’t see why this is thought of as a bad thing.

It’s what makes the most sense for the education of our kids.

I really think a designated special needs public classroom (not paid for by the parents) would go a long way.

I think the Nanaimo Child Development Centre should offer  publicly-funded special needs elementary school classes.

Valentina Cardinalli


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