"Citizenship in School: Reconceptualizing Down Syndrome" by Christopher Kliewer
Okay so I just literally spent an entire hour typing up a really well-thought out and really long blog post that had my Reflection of this week's article. Then Blogger decided it was going to be stupid and not post the text, so when I tried to edit the post, all it had was the title. The body, all my hard work, was gone. So now I'm angry at Blogger and I'm going to put up a summary of what my post was about:
So when I was in 9th grade, my Chorus class had Special Education students. I was pretty annoyed about it at first, but then one day when we had a substitute teacher, everyone had finished their work and was chatting. I was upset that day and didn't feel like talking to anyone. One of the Special Education students, Stephen, had Down Syndrome and was confined to a wheelchair. He wheeled up to me and asked me my name. I figured I should be nice, so I told him, and then we started chatting. He was extremely friendly, and we both shared a love of music. He told me that his dream was to move to Nashville and become a famous country star. He had an amazing voice and we became pretty good friends after that, until I switched schools.
I remembered how annoyed I was at first that the students from Special Ed were coming into my class, but even now I'm still disgusted with myself on how I misjudged them. I don't know whatever happened to Stephen, but I really hope he was able to realize his dream.
This article was really great, in my opinion. I especially love what Shayne Robbins and Colleen Madison had to say on the matter. Shayne talked about how working, playing, and being together was pure learning, and Colleen talked about how people come in with their stereotypes and don't see the actual person standing in front of them. All in all, I finished reading this article with a lot of hope and a sense of knowing what kind of teacher I want to be. I can't wait to discuss this article in class.
Again I'm sorry this is so short but I'm sure y'all can imagine my frustration. I'm copying my text just in case.
(attempting to post from my iPod, hopefully it's a success)