Recognizing uniqueness is not a substitute for thinking about disability
Teachers who are really good at teaching typically developing kids sometimes have trouble understanding the significance of disability. I’ve heard a lot of things like “all kids are unique” and “I always individualize my approach for every kid” and “I don’t see the need to label any kids as disabled, it’s just a matter of finding what works for them”.
This sounds positive, but it can be a disaster for kids with disabilities.
We talk a lot about uniqueness, but a lot of effective teaching depends on understanding ways in which kids are similar to each other. Developmentally appropriate practice means understanding how kids the same age are similar to each other — then being flexible in ways that recognize kids’ unique humanity. We develop a sense of what the range of difference is for kids of a particular age.
Kids with disabilities are more different than that, and we need to take those differences seriously. Disability matters, and practices based on typical developmental milestones don’t account for it.
Developmental milestones tell us:
Two year olds don’t have the motor skills to support handwriting.
Early education helps two year olds develop the motor skills that will eventually support handwriting.
Ten year olds do have the motor skills to support handwriting.
If they’ve had appropriate education, ten year olds should be able to write.
Developmental milestones don’t tell us:
How to teach ten year olds who don’t have the fine motor skills to support handwriting.
What early literacy and pre-writing instruction looks like for young children who are unlikely to develop the motor skills needed to support handwriting
It’s also important to understand the difference between unusual and unique. Disability means having unusual differences. But not every difference is unique. Some differences are shared by other people with disabilities. Those shared differences are important.
We need to understand the disability-related similarities. Part of that is having the right words to describe them. Calling disabilities by their right names isn’t about labeling, it’s about breaking isolation and making important things speakable.
Braille exists because blind people need it to exist
The differences between sighted people and blind people are a reason that braille needs to exist.
(And a reason that Braille is better than raised print).
The similarities between many blind people are a reason that braille *can* exist as a standard way of accessing literacy.
If each blind person was completely unique, there would be no way to create a reading and writing system that would work for large numbers of blind people.
Some other examples:
Cars with hand controls and/or wheelchair lifts.
Text-to-speech communication devices.
VoiceOver and other screen reading software.
Medications that manage symptoms.
The ADA, Section 504, IDEA and other disability rights laws.
People with disabilities are unique, and not interchangeable with each other. Similarly, kids the same age are unique, and not interchangeable with each other. Both the similarities and differences are important.
Tl;dr Sometimes progressive educators are uncomfortable with the concept of disability, and want to instead just see every kid’s uniqueness. That doesn’t work, because disability means having unusual differences — and because the differences aren’t unique; they’re shared with many other disabled people. Recognizing uniqueness isn’t enough — we also need to understand and accommodate disability.
Just your gals Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig, wearing the same dress. I mean I know we’re all still freaking out about that amazing SNL episode with Kristen Stewart (also because of the shirt sharing thing). But then I found this and it’s just the best! They both look gorgeous!!!!
for anyone who wants to know, these are the sketches (you can find them on YouTube) Kate: Southern Ladies - aired 05/09/2015 Kristen: Timecrowave - aired 05/15/2010 Gifs are mine
fav outfit/look: IK the whole thing of this is to choose one but I CAN’T. I love him with the plaid shirt. When he wears black (cause men wearing black is my weakness). And of course when he use his regular/casual clothes *grey shoes, grey shoes*
-everything he wears makes it perfect, like when he use colorful socks-
lol remember that time when isak’s blue plaid shirt was nonstop for like 3 days passed on between him and even to wear back and forth amongst the 2 of them bc they were /that/ Head Over Heels in LOVE that they couldn’t live a single moment without a reminder of one another for even a second so what do they do? they share a shirt between them that holds their scent in it so that the other can wear it all around them and still feel each other’s presence there, by them.
I'm rewatching season 3 of skam and i just realised that isak is wearing the jesus tshirt in the scene when he wakes up after the party in beginning of ep 1. BEAUTIFUL BOYFRIENDS SHARING CLOTHES IS MY JAM!!! (sorry for the random comment)
HELLO!!!! Random comments are my favorite, please send them anytime ✌
Yeeesss! Sharing is caring, and clothes sharing above all! And lemme tell you Skam is full of (some really meaningful!) clothes sharing, and this shirt in particular has done quiet a bit of traveling;
We first see Eskild wearing it in the beginning of season 2 (episode 1 to be specific) when he’s told by Noora to pretend to act straight and flirt with Vilde.
Isak then wears it in the first clip of Season 3 when he is at Eva’s party, and subsequently wakes up wearing it the next day. Isak is probably got/borrowed this, and other clothes, from Eskild after he ran away from home.
Even wears the shirt after his and Isak’s midnight swim, I think it’s safe to say that their halloween costumes were probably soaking through and trough once they got back to Isak’s place… so I imagine they hung them to dry while wearing Isak’s clothes
Now the big question that remains at large is… did Even change back into his costume before going home, or did he do his ‘walk of shame’ and possibly his talk with Sonja (would have taken place sometime between sun-wed the following week) in Isak’s clothes? Did Even keep Isak’s clothes after??