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editor’s By Brenda Hill Strength in Unity... “Retain all University classes at LaGrange and Washington-Marion Magnet High School on the premises of the respective schools, so that these students can have a normal activity and actively engaging high school experience.” -- See Page 6 I have had the privilege of working with families of individuals with other abilities for many years. I was an Elementary Special Education Teacher at Vinton, Barbe and Brentwood, and a mental health professional in the private sector. The greatest obstacle I witnessed to these individuals; children, adolescents, adults and their family members, was being separated from mainstream activities. I witnessed responses and reactions of withdrawal. I experienced their uncooperative and sometimes combative behavior. They seemed anxious, more irritable and angry than normal. When I asked them about their feelings and behavior, they responded, “They always put me back here! They never let me stay up there!” These experiences taught me the importance and power of belongingness. Mainstreaming students from a self-contained classroom to a regular classroom for a reading, math or language class was helpful at times but Inclusion gave greater benefits. When I collaborated and instructed in a regular classroom with a regular teacher on behalf of all “our” children, significant increase in performance was assessed. Acceptance, compassion, interest and helpfulness to others was the greatest reward that I witnessed. All types of separation, segregation, discrimination, etc., promote or provoke feelings and/or ideas about oneself and others. Separation to the back gives a false sense of inferiority and separation up front gives a false sense of superiority. So, when I received this news, “Calcasieu Parish School Board (CPSB) Members and Superintendent Bruchhaus agreed to one of the proposals presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at the Community Forum with Superintendent Bruchhaus held April 23, 2018, I felt supported that my voice was heard too. I graduated from Washington High School and all my children graduated from LaGrange Congratulations to Calcasieu Parish School Board Members and Superintendent Bruchhaus! High School. I am very proud of the collaborative efforts of NAACP, CPSB and all the parents that moved in support of this decision. NAACP was founded in 1909 by black and white activists for social justice in New York, and is recognized as the oldest civil rights organization. Volume 5 • Number 12 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM July2018 3
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Magazine: The Voice of Southwest Louisiana July 2018 Issue