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I cannot help but think, as I read this new strand, of a "letter to
the editor" that I was compelled to write several years ago.  A
major newspaper was doing one of those "light" living styles article,
and declared that "learning disabled" was "new-speak" for "stupid."

I could not believe what I read then, as I cannot believe what I am
reading now.  These are people behind these labels that we use so
carelessly at times, and particularly as educators, it is important
to look at the individuality of each student with whom we work.
At-risk students may be first generation college students, ESL
students, economically poor students, and so on -- it does not mean
that they can not learn.  And why should we have to "guess" at what
Bush might have meant to say?   Communication is the message sent and
the message received, if I remember correctly -- and I think the
message sent, in this case, could be detrimental to those MILLIONS of
students that in some way and in different schools and colleges fall
into the category "at risk."   Why can't we expect more than this
from a person asking to be President?
Julie Jackson-Coe
Academic Skills Specialist
Niagara University, NY 14109
Ph. 716-286-8077
Fax 716-286-8063
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