We as a community are facing a BIG problem! After hearing her father speak about Malky, I looked at my husband and cried, if I had grown up in NY then I would have been like Malky.
You see, growing up out of town, the schools worked to accommodate all the students as best as they can, no child is turned away for having a learning disability.
I am a special education teacher and I have taken about 6 years of college courses now in special ed. Many of the methods that I have learned about in school, our Yeshiva and Bais Yaakov schools don’t use.
Why aren’t we using the new methods like RTI-Response To Intervention? The public schools and many day schools have found ways to help students with learning disabilities in the mainstream classroom. It is time for the Bais Yaakov’s and Yeshivas to wake up and realize that they need teachers who are ready to help each student. They need teachers with more training in teaching methods, it does not matter if they are English or Hebrew teachers these methods apply to every teacher.
Children have all different strengths and weaknesses. Some children learn well auditorily and so a teacher who lectures is fine, BUT some kids who need visual aides to learn then if they have a teacher who only teaches through lecturing, they aren’t learning as well as they could be. We say we believe in חנוך לנער על פי דרכו, well this is what it means, we need to reach each student.
It is a huge responsibility for teachers to reach each student, but we have to stop sticking our heads into the sand and pretending it is not a problem. These are all our kids and by not helping them we are hurting them. We MUST educate ourselves in the methods to help reach each of these kids NOW before more of our sweet children suffer.
A concerned Morah.