You can easily make the argument that nothing is more important for any child than the level of education that they get. It can define their future. It opens doors, creates social interactions, helps them expand their horizons and much more. It’s important for parents, educators and children to all have a singular focus on providing the best possible education for every single child, regardless of their special needs or abilities.
When speaking on the value of education, former California governor Arnold Schwartzenegger once said that it was of the utmost importance because the stakes were not higher in any part of society. As he put it: “Our future depends on the quality of education of our children today.”
But the focus isn’t just on what children can learn or how they can advance society through education. There is a general social component to education that is also critical for all children. Experts at National University note that this is a time when children can develop interaction-based skills as they learn to deal with teachers, peers, authority figures and even their own parents in a new way.
On top of that, education can help children do more than develop their skills. It helps them find their interests and learn about parts of the world that they never knew existed. The path a child begins in early education can continue for life.
It is impossible to undersell the importance of education, and that holds true for children with special needs and disabilities as much as it does for anyone else. All people deserve this opportunity. When necessary, parents may want to learn more about their legal options to ensure they get it.