I believe that to better serve students with disabilities we must reassess the entire way we educate students. Over the years education has gone through many changes. It is my personal belief that the current education system is not the best form of education. Often we talk about students teaching to students’ strengths and looking at each student as an individual, however, the current format of the education system does not allow for students to truly be taught to their individual strengths. In order to better serve students with disabilities, I think we need to better serve all students we educate.
When teaching to a test, the way the current education system is set up, it is hard to focus on what is best for each individual child. In reorganizing the education system to better teach students, teachers need to be able to teach towards the individual strengths of a child. While this does not mean doing away with all standards, it does mean assessing students in different ways. Some students will never achieve the desired scores on a standardized test. They simply do not have the skills to show their true ability on a paper and pencil test. By assessing all students based on their abilities, we are more likely to truly see the skills of the individual student. Once the education system begins focusing on the individual child, we will be better able to serve children with disabilities. Once we stop expecting all students to learn and perform in the exact same way, we will be better able to educate all students, especially those with disabilities.