Comments about ‘Fewer aides are on buses to help students with special needs’

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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27 2013 6:49 p.m. MDT

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worf
Mcallen, TX

Teacher aids are a great tool for improving teaching, and learning.

Find cuts somewhere else.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Okay, here is a chance for the parents to volunteer, or for all our fine compassionate liberal friends to volunteer to be bus aides. Don't tell me that this job can only be done by paid, certified union member government employees, or that some rule requires that- change the rules.

What happened before the feds started passing out money to schools for aides on buses?

A cynic might ask how much good is really being accomplished by sending some special needs kids to school at all? Sure, it sounds like a great idea, but is the cost worth the actual benefit to the child?

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

No DN Subscriber, it seems like it's time for our CONSERVATIVE types to step up. As for the liberals it seems like they're more willing to put a paid professional in that position who will show up every day to work, has had some training and perhaps some inclination to want to do the job. Plus it might give somebody a JOB!

RedShirtMIT
Cambridge, MA

To "Howard Beal" who knows better how to deal with your special needs child, you, or the aid? Why can't liberals take responsibility for their own family's care?

Wouldn't it be better to use the money spent on special needs aids (not cheap) and hire more teachers?

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@RedShirtMIT

Shouldn't conservative parents also volunteer? Why is it just liberals? If I recall correctly a vast majority of Utahns are conservatives, so wouldn't it stand to reason that there are more conservative parents than liberals?

Not sure why you decided to single out liberals.

RedShirtMIT
Cambridge, MA

To "CHS 85" conservative parents do volunteer, so why should I say they have to volunteer? They go even further, they also are the ones who are more likely to homeschool their kids, ensuring a better education than what the public schools offer.

You just don't like the fact that I pointed out that liberals would rather pay somebody else to take care of their responsibilities.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@RedShirtMIT

"You just don't like the fact that I pointed out that liberals would rather pay somebody else to take care of their responsibilities."

Wow. All us liberals are just a bunch of welfare-receiving slackers who don't care about our kids. Yeah. You got us all pegged.

My wife teaches in the most conservative area you can imagine (Herriman) and has two Kindergarten classes of 25 students each and no classroom aide at all. Last year she ahda classroom aide for one hour a week. She asks for volunteers every month and has a sign up sheet on her door for help from the parents. She gets one or two volunteers a MONTH.

You can get on your moral superior conservative soap box, but where the rubber meets the road, when actual volunteers are needed, none bother to show up.

RedShirtMIT
Cambridge, MA

To "CHS 85" maybe you should re-read what I wrote.

I never said that "liberals are just a bunch of welfare-receiving slackers who don't care about our kids". I said that "liberals would rather pay somebody else to take care of their responsibilities".

This is evidenced by liberals wanting government to take care of the poor, needy, and eldery rather than doing it themselves. They do the same with the environment. Look at Al Gore. Rather than actually cutting back on his Carbon emissions, he just pays for somebody else to do that.

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