What Mothers Say about Special Education From the 1960s to the Present, by Valle, Jan W.
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- ISBN: 9780230606517 | 0230606512
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 2/15/2009
This book documents the experiences of 15 mothers whose children labeled learning disabled attended public schools during the last four decades. Despite the right of parents to participate in educational decision-making, these mothers describe the challenge of exercising that right. In candid and compelling narratives, mothers speak to the language of experts, conflicts in shared decision-making, devaluation of "mother knowledge," and the influence of race, class, and gender. The constancy of issues suggests that this landmark legislation may, in fact, have engendered minimal changes in the lives of mothers and their children.