It appears to me that as long as there is a general perception that
developmental and remedial are synonymous or nearly so, that no matter how hard
we try to change the perceptions of the world, we have chosen to fight a battle
that we can't win. There have been many lengthy and sometimes heated
discussions in the past about using the label "developmental" vs. somethign
else. There were many who warned that we were doomed to be lumped
with remedial out side of the profession if we stuck with "developmental."
As all can see, these predictions have become true as made evident by
the concern arising repeatedly every year.
Our leaders and many of our colleagues insisted in the past that we use the
term "develomental" for what we do and inside the profession, it is distinctly
different than "remedial." But coming out of the clouds of fantasy and
should's and facing what exists in the world of reality, developmental and
remedial are perceived as synonymous or nearly so and as long as we insist on
calling ourselves developmental educators, much of the real world will continue
to see us as remedial educators. I wish it was not this way, but
it appears to be.
That brings up the dilema that if we all agreed to rename ourselves (now I
am in the fantasy realm), what should we be called?
Best wishes to all..........................