A Brief Overview of Special Education


The major & most pervasive concern in special education, as well as my very own journey in education, is special education’s relationship to basic education. History shows that this hasn’t been a fairly easy clear-cut relation between these two. There’s been a whole lot of supplying and taking or possibly I will say pulling and pressing as it pertains to educational plan, and the educational routines and services of education and special education by the human teachers who deliver those services on both mode of the isle, like me.

During the last 20+ years, I have already been in both modes of education. I’ve seen and experienced what it was preferred to be considered a regular main stream educator is interacting with a special education plan, special education students, and their specific teachers. I’ve been in the special education area looking to get regular education professors to work better with my special education students through changing their education and materials and having a bit more fortitude and empathy.

Furthermore, I have already been a mainstream regular education instructor who trained regular education addition classes racking your brains on how to best use some new special education instructor in my category and his / her special education students as well. And, on the other hand, I have already been a particular education inclusion instructor intruding on the place of some regular education professors with my special education students and the adjustments I thought these educators should implement. I could let you know first that none of them of the give and take special education, and regular education has been easy. Nor must I see this pressing and tugging becoming easy any time in the future.

So, what’s special education? And why is it so special yet so sophisticated and questionable sometimes? Well, special education, as its name implies, is a particular branch of education. It remarks its lineage to such people as Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard (1775-1838), the doctor who “tamed” the “wild youngster of Aveyron,” and Anne Sullivan Macy (1866-1936), the tutor who “worked wonders” with Helen Keller.

Special educators instruct students who’ve physical, cognitive, dialect, learning, sensory, and mental skills that deviate from those of the overall population. Special teachers provide education specifically personalized to meet individualized needs. These professors, in essence, make education more available and accessible to students who in any other case could have limited usage of education credited to whatever impairment they are fighting.

It’s not merely the instructors though who are likely involved in the history of special education in this country. Medical doctors and clergy, including Itard- mentioned previously, Edouard O. Seguin (1812-1880), Samuel Gridley Howe (1801-1876), and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (1787-1851), wished to ameliorate the neglectful, often abusive treatment of people with disabilities. Unfortunately, education in this country was, generally, very neglectful and abusive when coping with students that will vary somehow.

There is a good rich literature inside our nation that details the procedure provided to people with disabilities in the 1800s and early on 1900s. Unfortunately, in these reviews, as well as in real life, the segments of our people with disabilities were often restricted in jails and almshouses without respectable food, clothing, personal health, and exercise.

For a good example of this different treatment inside our literature, one must search no further than Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens’ A Xmas Carol (1843). Furthermore, many times people who have disabilities were often portrayed as villains, such as with the book Captain Hook in J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Skillet” in 1911.

The prevailing view of the creators of this time frame was that you need to send to misfortunes, both as a kind of conformity to God’s will, and because these seeming misfortunes are at the end designed for one’s good. Improvement for our people who have disabilities was tricky to find at the moment with this thought process permeating our world, books, and thinking.

So, as I said before, possibly the largest, most pervasive concern in special education is its relationship to basic education. Both my very own experience and our nation’s journey through the great world of education total over the years has been a fascinating one and a complicated one plagued with controversy to state the least.


About Nathan King Life

Nathan will be familiar to many of you as the younger brother of Level 42’s Mark king but this site sets out from the start to prove that Nathan is a musical talent in his own right. I will try to bring you news of when and where to see Nathan performing live with his covers band and also when he will be performing under his own right and of course with Mark as part of the ‘Grupo Mark King’.

  • On this site you’ll be able to determine which records are published from Nathan King.
  • Which sandwiches have engaged.
  • Personal life of Nathan King.

Read more

Vaguely Sunny – Isle of Wight Rock Anthology

Mike Jolliffe’s musical career stretches from the late sixties to the present. He was soaking up all the influences that the Cherokees were bringing to the 69 Club and the Foulks were staging at their run of festivals from 1968 to 1970. We use the words ‘the chameleon of Isle of Wight Rock to describe him because he seems to have played in every kind of music combo, from folk to punk and beyond. On Isle of Wight Rock’s first CD, ‘Vaguely Sunny’ he turns up in the Urbanites and in the short lived Dancer. We also feature him in his own right performing a song with Gurnard Bay written all over it, Beachboats. We selected the track not just because it is a damn fine song but that it also features the talents of Nathan King, Jeff Bassett and Debbie Pidgeon. Jeff Bassett has a solo CD out and is believed to be in Germany. Nathan King is in London these days and performing in bands and also theatres. Recently he was in the Blues Brothers live show at the Southampton Mayflower.

the Urbanites

From Isle of Wight Rock – a music anthology: ‘We put the Urbanites together for a gig at Shanklin Pier. We rehearsed in Ron Penney’s shed and in here. I think we only did two gigs, Shanklin Pier and the Sloop. It just folded up. Nathan buggered off. Nathan is a seriously good bass player.’ – John Lytle The band created backing for Rossalyn, a singer with a colourless tone which fits the mid eighties techno splat consumerism perfectly. Urbanite tracks include Jason and the Urbanites (Nathan King/Mike Jolliffe demo), Urbanology, Metroland, White Shadow, Sex And The Single Girl. An Urbanite explains the track Urbanology: ‘This was done in the back room of my house at Gurnard on the four track. It’s shapeless, formless, it says a lot about me and Nathan. In the story Jason has retired from the pop business, he’s bought an island. John Wroath developed the idea that Cerce was the sex god of rock ‘n’ roll. People were killed on her last tour. It’s modern life droning out over shopping malls. John quotes the titles of Sci-fi books. ‘Urbanology’ is to be an Urbanite. That’s real Gurnard rain on the track. Metroland is a John Betjeman style story about a stockbroker sitting on the steps at a party and his wife saying ‘You really ought to get out of this business. White Shadow is an anti-apartheid song. Sex And The Single Girl is abut a prostitute.’ – Mike Jolliffe