The Short Bus
CON 712 Counseling Children and Adolescent
October 19, 2010
Before I began reading this book, I took a moment to think about the title: The Short Bus a Journey beyond Normal and what this book might entail. The term short bus brought back memories to me as a kid, people who were not smart enough to ride the long bus; or people who attended a special school because they were mentally retarded or mentally challenged. I felt connected to some of the personal stories in the text, especially the stories of Brent and Kent. Furthermore, it reminded me of my personal biases I still have toward kids like Ashley.
The short bus was created for people with various disabilities in 1975 when the …show more content…
I disagreed when Brent’s school decided to stop his tutoring in language therapy on school grounds. If I were in Brent’s mother place, I too would have also filed a due process. She was right that the school was incapable of meeting her son’s educational needs and not allowing tutoring on school grounds was violating his right to be appropriately educated (Mooney 2007). After all it was the school staff that recommended she get her son a tutor. In my opinion, I did not read that the school had a special education program or reading tools that could help Brent with reading. Telling Sara to get a paid tutor tells me that the school did fail at their job to meet his needs. Contemplating on this made me think maybe it was the schools and the teacher who failed to meet the needs of some of my former classmates. Maybe they would not have