When I tried to walk through the State House driveway, the guard stopped me. You can’t go that way. What? “I didn’t make the rule.”

I turned around and went the other way….thinking.

How sad. He clearly did not believe in the rule he was enforcing. A prisoner of his job. And then I thought more. So many of the folks doing special education procedures feel the same way–“I didn’t make the rule.”

I’m stuck with it. I’ll do it. But I don’t believe it’s a good rule. I don’t believe it’ll help kids learn.

It is sad when so many are stuck in jobs that they don’t really believe are functioning as they should.

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, DianeRavitch.net, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

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