Do you think it's better to home-school autistic children?
I've just started my battle with his school and I already hate the system SO much. He's managed to scrape along from grade to grade since kindergarten but now he's in the last two months of 3rd grade and I don't think he's going to be able to pass the Taks test and pass on to 4th grade. It's very apparent to me. My son can barely do multiple number subtraction and they are testing him on division and multiplication. We were doing his solar system project yesterday and while I was preparing his balls for him to make into planets, I asked him to write the report he was assigned. It was a report on why humans can't live on the sun. I told him to write the required 8 sentences about it. He was able to tell me all the reasons but when he wrote his eight sentences it turned out to be just one longer incomplete one. He doesn't know how to structure a complete sentence. I knew he was behind on math, science and reading (which we work on every night, weekends included) but I had no clue how behind he was on English. The school hasn't said anything, he doesn't bring home any writing assignments with bad grades. It's just so frustrating. He's so behind. I feel like he's not learning anything at school anymore, it's like he goes to school #2 when he gets home. His teachers don't give a crap (he has 4, they switch rooms), he's been failing all year and I've been the only one reaching out.
I've talk to his principal about the IEP, she says the school has to put children with IEPs in the special ED classroom because the teachers and assistants in that classroom are trained for it, she went and gave me a walk through of that classroom. Let me tell you- I don't like it.
I've read around and it seems like most schools are very resistant to helping special needs children and I've read a lot of moms would rather their spectrum kids not go into special ed and move backwards instead of forwards or mimic the "worse off" children in the class.
I work from home, I'm bored half the time, I know it would be a challenge and my DF doesn't seem to keen on the idea...but do you recommend homeschooling these kids? With his situation I don't think he's getting anything from the chaos of the school anymore. :(