Worst Things About Special Ed

Special ED is godawful.... here's the worst aspects of it for anyone that has had it.

The Top Ten

1 It doesn't prepare you for life

It really doesn't all it does is repeat stuff you heard from your parents about how to interact around people and how "Swearing is a wrong thing to do."

2 You don't learn anything useful

I've been in the special ed program. And based on my experience they don't really help people like me to learn important skills and take chances on a challenge.

I was a special ed student at one point. - Pony

Not ONE damn thing taught in Special Ed is useful in the slighest.

In my special ed class in my school we had to go on this site called coolmathgames.com and the other life skills class in the school went on sites like pbskids.org.

Seriously, how does playing preschool games online help us in the future. IT DOESN'T! >:(

3 It's pointless but forced for kids with disabilities to have

Beyond pointless and moronic.

4 Chances are it'll feel like being locked in a cage

In some school when the kids act out the teachers actually LOCK THEM UP IN AN EMPTY ROOM! Special ed teachers are obviously trying to turn their classrooms into prisons where the rooms they lock up violent students are solitary confinement cells.

Very high... those chances are.

5 Even if you know what you're doing or have to do they'll intentionally remind you anyway

If I know what the hell I'm doing then why do you need to repeat it?

Teacher: remember class you have to say please and thank you


6 The teachers are unlikable

Not a single one of them is solid.

7 The teachers overreact a lot

Regardless if it's a minor curse or you just telling them to hold on they will overreact.

My teacher got mad at me and a few friends over a pizza delivery. LIKE SERIOUSLY what! >:(

YES! My former special ed (homeroom) teacher absolutely HATES bullying. Once my friends were joking around and having fun in the cafeteria and then my teacher summoned the entire class back to her classroom and proceeded to YELL and SCREAM at all of us, making us all late to our last classes. Her yelling was so scary (it was louder than all the screamer videos on YouTube combined) that it made me cry. She obviously didn’t care because when I started crying she yelled at me even more saying “DON’T YOU DARE START CRYING! ”. After arriving at my last class, I told my teacher and classmates what happened and they all felt sympathetic for me and agreed that my homeroom teacher was being very harsh.

8 You get treated like you're dumb

Even if you're intelligent they'll treat you like you're 5 or something.

I was forced to do kindergarten worksheets in high school. I want to do algebra, I already learned how to tell time and count money YEARS ago! >:(

9 It is not optional

I was intentionally placed in this by my parents and the school district. I did not want to be there but I don't have a choice. I was forced into it.

10 You can't get off the bus alone

I'm in the Learning Support area at my high school in the Edmonds School District. Basically, there always needs to be a few para-eds present. They're mostly para-eds that I do not know very well.

I feel like they're offending my intelligence, since I have mild autism and I can get on the bus by myself when it comes to my house and get off of it when I arrive back home later in the afternoon (School starts at 7:20 AM and ends at 1:50 PM) I see several kids who walk with them to the building, but I am perfectly capable of getting there myself without a para-ed walking next to me. - Stazemar000

When I was in high school the kids on the special ed bus must have a teacher present whenever they get off the bus, NO EXCEPTIONS. School starts at 7:30 AM. Sometimes it was 7:20 AM and the teachers didn’t come yet. The kids were still not allowed off the bus. The teachers did eventually come. I ended up being late to my homeroom several times because of this dumb and pointless rule.

The special ed teachers all say that this rule is for the kids’ safety, but I believe that being on time to my classes is much more important.

The Contenders

11 The teachers are always nosy

They're nosy about just anything you can think of.

You: (looking up random images on the computer)
Teacher: Excuse me what are you doing?
You: Nothing. It's none of your business
Teacher: Let me see that
You: No
You: fine >:( (shows teacher site you're on)
Teacher: What is this? You know hat's inappropriate for school and you're not supposed to look that stuff up blah blah blah blah (gives you a long lecture on what's appropriate or inappropriate to look up on school computers)

12 Adults stalk you in classes

Yeah doesn't matter what class but if they can stalk you they will.

So TRUE my homeroom teacher in high school stalks us everywhere not just in classes.

At least she doesn't stalk students while they're in the bathroom.

(I am in another class for the day)
Teacher: What were you doing?
Me: Nothing: I was doing my work!
Teacher: I don't think so. Your other teacher told me you were doing something that you weren't supposed to!
Me: (thinking) screw you! I did nothing wrong! >:(

13 It feels like kindergarten all over again

For field trips the class is forced to go to boring places only kindergarten kids go to like the fire station, zoo, and police station. We wanted to go to COOL places, like Six Flags and NYC.

Also if you're a non-believer in Santa you have to believe in him because the other special ed kids are constantly convinced that he's real when reality he is a FAKE! In high school, a guy dressed as Santa came to the cafeteria to visit the special ed kids. I am a non believer but I when he approached my table where all the other special ed kids were sitting I played along to be polite and just gave him a high five and shook his hand. I only did it because there are special ed teachers at the table who was watching me and if I don't believe in him the special ed kids would cry and I was afraid that they would get mad at me for upsetting them.

My Special Ed Class Went to montreal and Six Flags Guess I'm Lucky - XxMontrealxXRBLX

Worksheet examples:

Personal information: address, name, phone number
Math: count the coins, what time is it
Reading/language arts: picture books with Velcro that say: I see <insert picture here>
Movies to watch: Rudolph, Frosty
Follow directions
Coloring pages
Social skills: manners, sharing, taking turns

14 Must be accompanied to the restroom at all times

This PROVES that special ed teachers are perverted because they DO NOT allow their students to go to the restroom all by themselves. They insisted on going with the students. I don't know if they actually go in the STALLS with students, but I seriously hope not! Come on, no one wants their own teacher to see their butt or their private parts or even help wipe them! THIS IS SO WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS!

Already on the list - ShopkinsLover

I don't want my teacher to see my buttoned privates! >:(

15 You're not allowed to go to the bathroom all by yourself

That doesn't really happen with me at school. So, I'm fine. - Stazemar000

(during lunch)
Student: Teacher I need to use the restroom
Teacher: I will come with you. Class stay here. I will be right back
Student: No I will go by myself.
Teacher: No it's my responsibility to know where you are at all times. It's for your own safety
Student: I'm not a little kid. I can handle this all by myself
Teacher; No. I'm coming with you and that's final
(in the restroom)
Student: Get out!
Teacher: I'm going in the stall with you
Student: No! I want privacy!
Teacher: Do you want detention or not?
Student: fine... (thinks: you perverted pedophile! >:(
(after school)
kid: MOM! My teacher looked at my butt and privates while I was going to the restroom. She won't let me use the bathroom all by myself
Mom: oh really? (she doesn't even care)
kid:... >:(

16 You are forced to act your age at all times

No backyardigans books like seriously?! I HAVE AUTISM I SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO CARRY WHAT EVER THE FLIP I WANT TO SCHOOL?! - Ilovestephanie

No fun allowed :(

(Students are telling jokes and laughing during lunch)
Teacher: class that’s not appropriate behavior in school
Students: we were just telling jokes!
Teacher: that’s not allowed. You’re in high school.
Students: >:(

17 Limited course offerings

Yep. They tell you to pick one or the other - Stazemar000

18 You ride to school on a bus full of special ed kids

There's a kid on my bus with special needs who screeches like an idiot. - Ihateschool

19 The stuff they teach you are stuff that you already learned in PreK-3rd grade
20 It teaches you stuff that preschool kids already know, like how to share and take turns, etc.
21 The teachers babysit you
22 Can't use restroom by yourself

Teacher must go with you

Already on the list - ShopkinsLover

Not for me - Stazemar000

23 Must go on baby websites like PBS Kids

lol - ShopkinsLover

24 You are not allowed to express your own interests

If you like something, you can't talk about it or look it up on the computer

25 The teachers are strict and mean
26 The teachers get physical with the students

Sometimes it gets to the point where the students end up getting ABUSED! Not cool!

27 Gym class feels like military boot camp for toddlers and little kids
28 The teacher acts like Barney the Dinosaur

Sharing, take turns, say "please" and "thank you", need I say more?

29 The teachers know your home information
30 Language arts class feels like storytime in kindergarten

Then I was in high school, my teacher would read to students who sit around in a circle in desks

31 The teachers share your personal information with the whole class

My high school special ed teacher would tell my class literally everything about everyone's family's private life, such as deaths, medical emergencies, if they argue in the house, punishment methods, and if they drink and drive at the same time, etc. THAT STUFF IS PRIVATE AND IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS AND IT MUST STAY PRIVATE OR ELSE IF MY PARENTS FIND OUT THEY WOULD BE SO MAD AT ME AND I WILL BE IN SERIOUS DEAD MEAT!

I don't want the whole class to know my family issues! That's private! >:(

32 You are forced to take speech class
33 They decorate the classroom like a daycare center
34 Time outs
35 Sometimes they lock students up in a dark room

Is this supposed to be school or solitary confinement?

36 The teachers treat you like a pet dog or cat

€Sit”, “come here”, “no”, “stay”, “wait”, “drop it”, “leave it”, need I say more?

37 They force students to donate to charity

Donating to charity is optional, not a requirement >:(

38 If you're one of the smarter kids, your teachers do not challenge you enough and they always give you work that's way too easy

(in a high school special ed math class)
Special ed teacher: class what's 1+1+?
Students: what we already learned this in kindergarten! Teach us algebra instead! >:(

39 They don't let you draw the hanging stick figure when you play hangman

It's how the game works, yet the teacher thinks that it's too "inappropriate" or "graphic" for school. COME ON IT'S JUST A STICK MAN! IT'S NOT GONNA OFFEND ANYBODY! >:(

40 The teachers make worksheets that feature students’ personal information such as name, birthday, address and phone numbers

If these worksheets get into the wrong hands, who knows what’ll happen: prank/threatening phone calls, spam mail, getting their house broken into, etc. That is extremely dangerous!

41 They promote unhealthy eating habits

The math worksheets feature McDonald’s and fast food. Sure we eat that, but it’s not supposed to be an everyday thing. The worksheets are just teaching students that going to McDonald’s on a daily basis is OK.

42 They question your every move

€What are you doing on the computer? ”, “what are you supposed to be doing right now? ”, “Is this the way we act in high school? ”, “is that appropriate? ”, etc...

43 The kids can be unhygienic

The severely autistic ones who don't talk sometimes drool and salivate, and they have a really weird body odor. They don't cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, and sometimes I see snot and boogers in their nostrils. I even saw 2 special ed kids vomit on the floor in the cafeteria when I was in high school! SO NASTY! >:P

44 No chapter books in the classroom

There are picture books for elementary school kids and I really wanted to read the encyclopedia :(

45 They force students to play shopping

You know how little kids play store and they pretend to buy stuff using fake money? When I was in high school, my special ed teacher forced the whole class to do that! She said it's supposed to help students learn to count money, but I just felt like a preschooler all over again.

46 You have to watch baby shows

For a class holiday party in my special ed class once, I had to watch Rudolph and Frosty. I preferred “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” and the Macy’s parade.

47 The teachers forbid students to say certain words even if it's not a swear word

In my high school special ed class I got in trouble/reprimanded for saying the following words:


and lots more!


48 The teachers think they have control over your personal life

They think that they are your parents (for example if you have chores at home the teacher makes you do them) and the teacher constantly phones home and ask your parents about any concerns that they have about you and if they do they decide to work with your parents on the issue(s) TOGETHER.

49 The other kids constantly get you in trouble

Once a kid put random stuff in my backpack and I ended up getting a suspension for no reason. So stupid! >:(

50 The work is way too easy

In high school I had special ed, and I felt like the class wasn't challenging me enough. For math, I wanted to do algebra, but they made us do kindergarten math like telling time and counting coins

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