Mercedes Schneider gives a serious warning to members of ‘Teach for America’ concerning grandiose plans by its current leadership to have untrained TFAers be in charge of diagnosing and treating special-needs students. Here is a small part of it and a link to her article:
“Do not place yourself in a position to damage the vulnerable via a naivete exacerbated by an inflated ego.
“You could harm students. You could be harmed by students. You could be held legally responsible.
“Do not mistake enthusiasm for invincibility.
“If you really want to assist special needs populations, make the appropriate investment. Return to school and treat your decision as an honest, long-term career move.”