THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION HAS DECLARED THAT SPECIAL EDUCATION SHOULD FORM THE CORE OF ANY TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM. JUSTIFY THE EXTENT OF YOUR AGREEMENT/DISAGREEMENT WITH THIS PRINCIPLE. Free essay! Download now
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THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION HAS DECLARED THAT SPECIAL EDUCATION SHOULD FORM THE CORE OF ANY TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM. JUSTIFY THE EXTENT OF YOUR AGREEMENT/DISAGREEMENT WITH THIS PRINCIPLE.
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DescriptionTHE MINISTER OF EDUCATION HAS DECLARED THAT SPECIAL EDUCATION SHOULD FORM THE CORE OF ANY TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM. JUSTIFY THE EXTENT OF YOUR AGREEMENT/DISAGREEMENT WITH THIS PRINCIPLE.
The minister of education has declared that special education should form the core of any teacher education program. Justify the extent of your agreement/disagreement with this principle.
The clarion call for “Special Education” to form the core of any teacher education programme within the Trinidad and Tobago education jurisdiction is a welcomed and justified one. The recently released results of students who sat the Secondary Entrance Assessment Exam (SEA) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams, revealed a worrying trend. Our students are failing! In one’s mind, this is enough to justify the inclusion of “Special Education” into the core of any teacher education programme. Nevertheless, there are more reasons to justify this declaration. “Special Education” also allows for equity, which must form the core of any effective education system. “Special Education” training allows for the teacher to be properly equipped to deal with students who may have some disability. Therefore, it is in this “sense”, fewer children will be left behind and more can attain the essential learning outcomes that are established by the Ministry of Education.
It has become quite lucid that archaic methods of teacher training, that are filled with outdated ideas must be replaced with contemporary methods and modern globalized thoughts. It is in this vein that this essay supports the call to place “Special Education” at the core of any teacher education programme. A teacher wears many hats. Their line of duties include: being a communicator, a disciplinarian, a conveyor of information, an evaluator, a classroom manager, a counsellor, a member of many teams and groups, a decision-maker, a role-model, and a surrogate parent. Each of these roles requires practice and skills that are often not taught in teacher preparation programs. Nevertheless, training in “Special Education will fill all the gaps.
The term “Special Education” denotes two meanings. In the first sense, it is “education of physically or mentally handicapped children whose needs cannot be met in an ordinary classroom” this is according to Princeton University. A more general and preferred definition is proffered by Charleston University, which says that Special Education is “the education of students with special needs in a way that addresses the students’ individual differences and needs.” This philosophy being endorsed by Charleston University highlights the fact that instruction must be precisely matched to educational needs and adapted to the child’s learning style. Including this kind of “Special Education” at the core of every teacher education programme will ensure that every teacher in the country is equipped to individualize their instruction to cater for all pupils, thus maximising on learning outcomes. This essay utilizes both definition quoted here in the discussion of the foregoing topic.
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