is trying to be controversial. – so was Toby Young when he called pupils with SEN troglodytes.
But when does controversy actually become plain offensive? When does controversy perpetuate stereotypes of students with learning difficulties?
And when does controversy forget that the group they are offending are children? And children with the least resources available to them? Children who may not be able to fight back?
In my Speech and Language Base (students who access SALT and English but otherwise are educated in the mainstream) are learners who are quiet, studious and tremendously hard working against all odds. Despite the fact that school runs in fast forward for them, some of my students’ attendance records are excellent, behaviour exemplary and they crave quietness so they can concentrate. Yet to QT they are lumped with chair throwing pupils. Let’s be clear; they’re are many neurotypical chair throwers too.
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