Labeling in Special Education Term Paper by Master Researcher

Labeling in Special Education
A look at the pros and cons of labeling in special education.
# 40570 | 742 words | 5 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 12, 2003 in Education (Special)

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This paper explains that schools use labeling to identify those who need help and to categorize those students in order to assure that the school gets the funding offered for various uses. The paper looks at the benefits of labeling in identifying learning problems but discusses the problems that arise. The paper relates that labeling characterizes many students as learning disabled when they are not, and students may use labeling as a self-fulfilling prophecy.

From the Paper:

"Special education is a program intended to assure that all children receive the benefits of a free public education, including students with special needs, such as handicapped children, children with learning disabilities, more advanced students, and others with special needs. Labeling is the practice of identifying some students as having special needs and of labeling those students so they are seen as different from other students. The system has been much criticized for the way it is used to sidetrack some students when it is supposed to be helping them.
"Tracking involves labeling and decisions as to what sort of program a given student or group of students should pursue. It is widely believed that the American school system is consistent with the ideal of an open class industrial society, but the classifications used for lower-class black and Chicano children are not neutral as such children are often mislabeled "retarded" or "low-normal ability." These are supposedly the result of "objective" test scores (Ransford, 1994, 183)."

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