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I have been glancing at all these messages, and all I want to add is we
are all "at-risk/under prepared" to learn something.  Also, those who sit
in judgement  of who can learn and who can't already have their college
degrees.  If I have learned anything on this job it is humility.

Julie Jackson-Coe wrote:

> 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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