What if every child in American schools had the equivalent of an IEP, i.e. we customized the education of every unique student?
What if we focused on pupil strengths rather than weaknesses?
What if we freed their teachers from paperwork and allowed them to instruct their students as they think best?
What if our education interventions had to be based on solid research?
What if we celebrated IDEA’s many accomplishments, then replaced it with a 21st-century alternative?
Special education in America is overdue for reform, broken beyond repair and in need of a total replacement. Four decades after the enactment of IDEA (as it’s now known), Congress should replace it with a very different approach.
That’s the thesis of Miriam Kurtzig Freedman’s gutsy and provocative new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Come and hear her explain and explore it—and Checker Finn challenge it—and join the conversation yourself on Thursday, May 4 at 4 pm at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Follow online with @educationgadfly and #SpecialEd2pt0.
Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
| Miriam Kurtzig Freedman
School Law Pro