I was responding to another thread. It got me thinking of something. One of the purposes of school is help children be functioning adults. That's something that's always been MY goal whether I was with students for a day, longterm, or when I had my own class. I'm not special education certified. However, I have subbed for special ed teachers and worked with them. In my experience, they don't seem to work towards children having coping skills and being functioning adults. I've even seen one on ones purposely hold back a student's progress to keep their job. I feel like in my experience with special ed teacher there's this "good enough" attitude. I'll give an example. Last year, the special ed teacher had no problem with a first grade boy being carried up and down the first by the aide. When we went outside for recess there a small set of stairs at the back door of the school and he climbed up them with no problem. hmy: I'm talking about self contained. If you're a self contained teacher, what is your goal as a teacher for your students? Do it bother if your students don't have coping skills/aren't able to function?