1.4 We hold that education has certain long-term goals, that it has a general point or Purpose, which can be definitely, though generally, stated. The goals are twofold, Different from each other, but by no means incompatible. They are, first, to enlarge a Child’s knowledge, experience and imaginative understanding, and thus his awareness of Moral values and capacity for enjoyment; and secondly, to enable him to enter the world After formal education is over as an active participant in society and a responsible Contributor to it, capable of achieving as much independence as possible. The educational needs of every child are determined in relation to these goals. We are fully aware that for some children the first of these goals can be approached only by minute, though for them highly significant steps, while the second may never be achieved. But this does not entail that for these children the goals are different. The purpose of education for all children is the same; the goals are the same. But the help that individual children need in progressing towards them will be different. Whereas for some the road they have to travel towards the goals is smooth and easy, for others it is fraught with obstacles. For some the obstacles are so daunting that, even with the greatest possible help, they will not get very far. Nevertheless, for them too, progress will be possible, and their educational needs will be fulfilled, as they gradually overcome one obstacle after another on the way.
Guardian Sunday 12th June 2005 from a Journal
Similarly, the business of 'statementing' - the official defining of a child's special needs - is not working, she added. All too often, local authorities use the statementing system as a way of avoiding their obligations, which pits parents against council disability experts. 'We need something better,' she said.
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