Author: Christopher Kliewer
Text: "Citizenship in School: Reconceptualizing Down Syndrome" Going to School: Ir a la Escuela
In the reading by Kliewer, the concepts of school citizenship, community, and educational equality where brought up several times. Students with Down syndrome are seen as different to the extent of segregation. Kliewer writes, "the notion of Down syndrome often obscures our ablitiy to recognize the child as a child. She or he becomes a walking pathological syndrome, a mobile defect on the loose". Its true to think that these students are different but everyones different. We all learn differently and we all have our own individual voices. This voices are often silenced or made unimportant because others see a genetic condition instead of a person. There needs to be a new way of looking at students with Down syndrome and more educators need to think of these students as individuals instead of a group. These educators need to value what these students want out of their education and they need to be more sensitive to the needs of these students. They also need to have faith in these students. Anyone can be amazing if given the chance to be.
Once I was done reading Kliewer, "Citizenship in school: Reconceptualizing Down Syndrome" I thought of this video. It digusting and sad a teacher would talk to a student in that fashion. Teachers are people students should trust. They are incharge of molding minds and inspiring students to hold value in education and higher learning. The man in the video isn't doing anything he should be doing. Calling students hurtful names doesnt encourage them. It makes them feel low and stupid.