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“We do big things”: What it takes for Special Education

January 26, 2011

Last night, like many of you I watched the State of the Union. As a history teacher’s son I was always reminded by our mom that this is when you get to hear historic quotes as they happen.  One that jumped out at me was in President Obama’s closing:

“We do big things. From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. That’s how we win the future.”

“We do big things.” It’s a simple, powerful line, but it really gets at what Court’s Kids tries to do.

Special Education is big.  The federal government defines children with special needs as any student that has “dyslexia, autism, intellectual disabilities, blindness, or other impairments that affect educational performance.” In short, it means about 7 Million students in the United States need a little extra help at school. That’s 1 in 10 students.

In an ideal world, the school districts, cities, states, and our national government would perfectly provide the resources needed and no one would sweat on how to fund it. We live in a world though, where no major undertaking is perfectly done. Just as you might complain about the bump in the road on the way to work that never seems to get fixed or the 2 hour wait at the DMV, there are misses and gaps in big national undertakings. But that doesn’t mean we don’t keep doing the big things, especially for our children.

The big things require a whole diverse group of people and organizations to work together in and outside of government and school districts.  Court’s Kids is one small part of that.  Our motto might be little by little, but we do big things.

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