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 Worst Things About Special Ed

1 It doesn't prepare you for life

Exactly! I have to get pulled out of class to learn things about emotions and do things that are for kindergarteners. Its just pointless!

This is just a small sample of the stuff I did in special ed in HIGH SCHOOL:

-Following directions worksheet (eg. color this item <insert any color here>)
-coloring pages
-No drinking and driving
-This coin is a penny. It is worth 1 cent.
-say "please" and "thank you"

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."

It’s apparently made to help you with executive functioning and stuff, but initially doesn’t help with anything and unnecessarily wastes your time.

2 You don't learn anything useful

This is not useful to learn kindergarten stuff for a Special School.

I'm a special ed student, but nothing on this list happens to me. Such as feeling like I'm in kindergarten all over again, having to do kindergarten (or elementary) worksheets, etc. Guess I'm lucky - Stazemar000

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.

Stranger danger is what we are gonna learn about kids

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

My mom wants me to go to special ed, but I want to go to regular ed - Maddox121

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.

I hate being in special ed. - Ihateschool

Very high... those chances are.

yep... - Maddox121

5 The teachers overreact a lot

Once/at one time I was forcefully restrained and put in the restraints/timeout chair!

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.

6 You can't get off the bus alone

That is true. But, I can walk to the doors myself. No need for a para-ed next to me at all. - Stazemar000

Thank gosh mom brings us home - Maddox121

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.

7 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


8 The teachers are unlikable

Some of them are actually tolerable but most of them talk to me like I am 5 even though I am high functioning. - Ihateschool

Not a single one of them is solid.

9 You get treated like you're dumb

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

exactly - Maddox121

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! >:(

10 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.

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11 The teachers are always nosy

Yeah... why do you need to know every little tidbit about me - Maddox121

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 It feels like kindergarten all over again

Back when I was in Special Elementary School, I had to do spelling... SPELLING. VERY. SIMPLE. WORDS. - Maddox121

When I was a freshman in high school, for math, I got put into "basic math". It's like a math class where you do these elementary worksheets and stuff. I didn't like it, but I had no choice, but to deal with it, so I did.

Thank god I was in pre-algebra my sophomore year. - Stazemar000

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

13 Limited course offerings

I want to be an animator but NO! Special ed only leads you to so much. - Maddox121

Special Ed thinks it's helping you for the real world but it isn't. It's limiting your courses and wasting your time. It ruins grades.

I want to take AP Psych but I can't because there is no AP in special ed. - Ihateschool

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

14 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! >:(

15 The stuff they teach you are stuff that you already learned in PreK-3rd grade

My high school special ed teacher made me learn kindergarten math. It made me feel stupid.

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

Remember that... we had those things called "Aids" (like the disease, ironic ain't it) that had to LEAD us to the bathroom, isn't a hall pass more traditional. - Maddox121

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:... >:(

17 You are forced to act your age at all times

Yet you're treated like a kid.

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: >:(

18 Must be accompanied to the restroom at all times

Already on the list - ShopkinsLover

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!

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

19 Time outs

Once/one time I was thrown in the timeout room/dark room and then at another time hello restraint chair

20 You have to watch baby shows

I watched Frosty and Rudolph often as a kid but I find them kind of babyish now that I'm older.

Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman aren’t that bad, Dora Barney and Friends Agent Oso Mickey Mouse clubhouse and super why are way worse

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.

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

@Stazemar000-this only applied to my special ed teacher. The other special ed classes in my high school allowed students to say these words. My special ed teacher banned us from saying those words in her classroom because she thought that "those words are not appropriate to say in high school".

Wait! So, in Special Ed, you're not allowed to say words like "Horse" or "Disney"? Wow, I'm glad that my high school is NOTHING like that - Stazemar000

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


and lots more!


22 They force students to donate to charity

Just like the Church of Scientology.

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

23 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

We get Algebra in my division of special ed school. - Ihateschool

@Ihateschool-my high school special ed teacher did give me algebra, but it was too easy for me.

(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! >:(

24 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.

25 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.

26 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

27 Patronizing teachers

In high school, I had a special ed teacher who thought that we are dumber than 1st graders. My friends and I were smart, yet she taught us stuff that we all obviously learned in kindergarten. (especially math. She taught us stuff like 1+1=2)

We are teens, not 5 year olds! >:(

28 It teaches you stuff that preschool kids already know, like how to share and take turns, etc.
29 The teachers babysit you
30 Can't use restroom by yourself

Already on the list - ShopkinsLover

Not for me - Stazemar000

Teacher must go with you

31 Must go on baby websites like PBS Kids

Yeah, All kiddy shows sucks! We want Breaking Bad or South Park, no Baby shows, All baby websites are boring, we want Wikipedia or WWC.

32 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

33 The teachers are strict and mean
34 The teachers get physical with the students

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

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

I saw just now a kid in a different division in my special ed school than me throwing chairs, paper balls, and being rude to the teacher yet the teacher said he will watch Toy Story later what. And the other day a boy on my bus harrassed me by telling me to kiss him over and over again and even told my guy friend and I that we are a cute couple. We both were disgusted. Also I told the annoying boy that I have a boyfriend a zillion times and my guy friend knows that. - Ihateschool

And the harassing boy was forgiven by the principal because he has brain damage and wants attention. Too. Ad so sad that is no excuse. - Ihateschool

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

37 The teachers know your home information
38 Language arts class feels like storytime in kindergarten

At least we are reading Tuesdays With Morrie in my special ed class. - Ihateschool

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

39 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! >:(

40 You are forced to take speech class

Speech 1 on 1 is ok but it is a living hell in a group because the speech teacher makes me look people in the eye. Dude. I can do what I want. Also I am an introvert. - Ihateschool

My worst day. ‘^'

41 They decorate the classroom like a daycare center
42 Sometimes they lock students up in a dark room

Is this supposed to be school or solitary confinement?

43 The teachers treat you like a pet dog or cat

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

44 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! >:(

45 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!

46 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...

47 The kids can be unhygienic

Oh my god. In the lower functioning division of my special ed school the boys bathroom door is always wide open. A kid on my bus pees his pants and takes off his shoes. And other kids in that division look and smell unclean. - Ihateschool

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

48 No chapter books in the classroom

I get in my division Tuesdays With Morrie - Ihateschool

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

49 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.

50 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! >:(

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