Thank you, Coach G for this great post.   This blog adds an important word–enabling children to not learn. By lowering expectations, giving them extra time to turn work in, etc. etc. etc. Instead of enabling self-defeating behaviors, the Coach tells teachers (and parents?)  to help students be organized, dependable, persistent, and punctual!  A great read, indeed!

It actually goes along with my book–Step 8.The chapter is in Fixing Special Education–12 Steps to Transform a Broken System. I love the use of the word, enabling.


About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line,, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

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