10. “Struggling Students”

The Department of Education on behalf of President Obama has issued it’s plan for “The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act” (March, 2010). It is called “A Blueprint for Reform.” In it, reference is made to “diverse learners.” There are many names in use for what we call “struggling students.” The list does not include special education categories for IDEA 2004.

diverse learners
struggling students
at risk
special needs
special education
disabled
disadvantaged
hard-to-teach
impaired
culturally and linguistically different
handicapped (historic)
slow learners (historic)
migrant
neglected
English language learners
minority
poor

PEJORATIVE

disruptive
problem
difficult
lazy (historic)

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