Volume 5, Issue 1 (1976)
The Culturally Disadvantaged and the Learning Disabled: Problems of Classification and Instruction
A percentage of the money spent to improve education in the sixties went to research which created two categories of students: the culturally disadvantaged and the learning disabled. Funds were spent accordingly to compensate these students: the disadvantaged for their learning difference and the disabled for their learning deficiency. But as educators began to deal with these newly defined students, they discovered that the categories overlapped ambiguously, and, though nearly everyone recognized the extreme differences, many students were being diagnosed improperly. Consequently, the criteria for classification came under attack, especially when the instruction of these students was neglected.
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