Only according to the needs of each child can fairness in a classroom be described. Fairness cannot mean everybody gets the same, according to Richard D. Lavoie. It’s because various students have various learning skills. Although certain individuals may be disabled, others may not be able to learn or be disabled. Such a condition means that it is unethical to have the same atmosphere as other well-adapted children because educating children with disabilities cannot be sufficiently taught. As a result, the child who has learning disability is frustrated, anxious, and tense, further impairing their ability to learn.
Advice to parents regarding fairness
In order to treat these children differently, the parent must behave differently. Children learn about fairness form what they observe in the environment. The speaker asks the parents to be the adults in the room, and understand that the inability of their children to learn properly is not deliberate but something they have no control over. The parents must at all times ensure that they give their children the necessary attention and provision, rather than giving them what they give all others. If they do this, they might end up being unfair to everyone. Therefore, fairness does not mean equality.
In many instances, parents and teachers assume that as long as their children are not mentally retarded, they are okay. This means that they do not properly appreciate the fact that the children may have an issue with comprehending situations, even though they function properly in other ways. Parents and teachers may also assume that because children understand the words, they understand the context. This means that they may try to force them to get what they (the teachers or parents) want, in the process creating anxiety. According to Richard, this breeds an environment in which learning is greatly inhibited, a factor which cannot help a learning disabled child.
Key concepts and effect on future teaching career
Empathy – the people who care about the children must be empathetic to their plight. This will help in reducing the anxiety and stress involved in teaching learning disable children. According to the speaker, the adult must be able to understand the duties which the limitations of their children, and therefore desist from comments and conduct which will impair their learning.
Anxiety – Anxiety I a big impediment to learning. Class or other environment in which the child is anxious will be unpleasant to be in. The people caring for the children must therefore take the necessary measures to reduce anxiety, so that the children can ultimately learn and lead a fulfilling life.
Behavior perception – in many cases, the learning disabled child may not understand what is going on during the learning exercise. This is especially bad when the child is accused of doing something wrong, when in actual fact; they have no idea about why they are being accused of the issue in the first place. In these circumstances, the adult must be careful to understand the thinking of the learning disabled child, and consider that the child is being honest about not knowing what they did wrong.