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    No parent would "care" about the other children in the class. They love and care for their own child and that is all they should do. Come on, what parent would ever say " my child needs this---but what about the other kids?" That isnít even reasonable.
    Posted by Debbie Ann

    That is the point...You [the parent] care about your child; the teacher cares about and is responsible for the learning of all students.

    If teachers chose one student on which to focus all of their effort and attention the rest of the class would be given short shrift (and I can guarantee that most classrooms have more than one student who needs modifications). If a student continually or repeatedly interferes with the learning of others, it is a teacher's responsibility to try to change the situation so that all may have the opportunity to learn. Sometimes the best solution for all is to remove the disruptive student from the classroom.

    I would venture to guess that virtually every teacher attempts to modify the classroom situation and/or style of dealing with the disruptive student before asking for his/her removal from the classroom, and the ultimate removal from the classroom is not a unilateral decision. In both districts in which I have worked teachers must document the modifications that we tried before any changes were even considered.

    I don't know what your nursing specialty was, but if you were on a med/surg ward and had a patient who was extremely critical they would probably be moved to ICU. If you chose to keep this critical patient on the M/S ward and to focus all of your time and attention on this patient, the other patients and their families would be (rightfully) upset. It probably would hinder the care of the critical patient also, as the nurse/patient ratio is lower in critical care units and there is often access to more specialized equipment and staff with specific training. Note that I didn't say better training, but specific.
    Posted by "Spud"

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