Join Date: Sep 2002
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I was a SpEd teacher and in our school some of the students in the non-academic life skills track also did janitorial stuff with out janitors. I don't see anything wrond with it. Actually, they seemed quite proud of doing real work. I know their parents knew what they were doing.
Some kids are below the IQ level that is necessary for academic success. They do life skills, math, reading, etc. in a special program. They conducted bake sales, learn cooking/kitchen skills, got experience doing things like making change, etc.
It only helps a child who does not have the skills to excel academically to excel at something else. When some of these kids came into my classroom etc., they weren't ashamed at all. They talked to their friends waved at people they knew, etc.
I think it's easy to make assumptions about how they would feel without actually knowing the group of kids doing the work. I thelpd them to get oriented to the kinds of routines and rules that will be expected of them in the workforce.
Before I did this work I would have been aghast too, but coming from a different perspective, I now know why it works.
Not telling the parents is absolutely wrong.