Docket Page 32 – Mislabeled as Disabled: The Educational Abuse of Struggling Learners and How We Can Fight It By Kalman R. Hettleman

CHARGE (What is the author trying to say?): To show how struggling learners are trapped in a flawed educational system and what can be done to remedy the broken system.

FACTS: The author believes the majority of students in special education are not disabled. The truly disabled are very different from struggling learners, though they all get grouped together. The truly disabled make up on 15-20% of all students in special education. They are mislabeled for expediency. Response to Intervention (RTI) is offered as a solution, however it seems economically unfeasible. The author also seems to discount the effects of family dysfunction on educational success or failure. This book contains very detailed descriptions of educational problems and potential solutions. It is not designed for the causal reader – going into much more detail than appears necessary, but falls short of workable solutions. This book is obviously intended for a very particular class of reader – not the general public.

VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Not guilty. I found the solutions to be less effective than the enumeration of the problems.

#MislabledasDisabled #NetGalley

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