Over the past few years, parents and educators across the nation have been hearing the phrase “Common Core” uttered with increasing frequency. The Common Core model aims to ensure that students are evaluated on the basis of common standards which are designed to reinforce critical thinking. This model, like many educational models, has its benefits and its drawbacks.
We recently discussed the issue of discipline in special education classrooms. Specifically, we noted that special education teachers sometimes go too far in their disciplinary tactics. Certainly, some special education students can become violent and may need to be safely and properly restrained, temporarily isolated or otherwise responded to in order to ensure that the violent student, teachers and other students remain safe. However, disciplinary approaches need to be safe, appropriate and only used when necessary.