|Myths develop because they sound intuitively correct and support stereotypical thinking.
The facts are clearly supported by educational research evidence.
|"They gave me a
medal for killing
two men and a
What is the "promise" that special education was to keep? It was to demonstrate to all people, and especially those of us most
intimately involved, that each person can contribute to the larger society, that all people are equally valuable, that a human being
is entitled to developmental opportunities and that development is plastic.
We have been faithful; we have supported humanistic precepts and philosophies, and we have believed that there is "enrichment
Thus, the promise of special education has always been, and remains today, not a special curriculum, or special methods, or even
special teachers. The gifts that this movement was to endow us with were the gifts of optimism and belief in the human ethos,
charity and love for our brothers, and the conviction that our work is not to judge who can or cannot change, but rather to fulfill the
prophecy that all people can change; each person can learn.
For the promise to be kept, for these things to occur beyond wish or fantasy, one must begin with oneself. Before I ask the world
to change, I must change.
I am the beginning step.
|PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
|"We must accept finite
never lose infinite hope."
|"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
|"Fifty years ago 250,000 people converged on
the National Mall for a March on Washington.
It became not just the largest political
demonstration to date in American history,
but also the beginning of a new era, defined
by the phrase 'I Have a Dream.'" (TIME)
|BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION (1954)
|"We conclude that, in the field of public education, the
doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place.
Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
|"If you get, give.
If you learn, teach."
|"As we approach the evening of our lives, we want
to make sure our children have a better morning."
|UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN, MARYLAND'S 7TH DISTRICT
When asked about the charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
|"Let us put our minds together and see
what life we will make for our children."
|HUNKPAPA LAKOTA HOLY MAN AND TRIBAL CHIEF