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School Psychologist Warns Parents about
the Dangers of "Blind Trust"

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I am a school psychologist and find parentsí blind trust of "the professionals" frustrating.

When a parent tells me that they aren't educated and . . . I remind them that they are THE best advocate for their child. I encourage them to read and understand their rights because they are the protectors for their son or daughter.

Too often, the results of my work show the child has deficits that require specific remediation. After the student enters a special education program, the child doesn't receive remediation. The child doesn't receive the type of services he or she needs, so the child regresses.

At least 90-95 percent of student behavior problems are directly related to years of inappropriate special education, no real "remediation" and no positive results.

When the child becomes a teen, he (or she) sometimes becomes violent because of years of frustration. The child tries to escape his/her daily failures. If only parents knew the stories that are told in IEPs about test results!

Please continue to educate parents.

It is only through loss of funds that schools will become accountable. More and more often, I ask myself how can I continue to work for a system that has such a negative impact on children?

Thanks for the ear.

I enjoyed reading your excellent article regarding interpreting assessment results.

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Strategies - When the Juvenile Justice System Operates on “Blind Trust”

Last revised 10/11/08


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