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Extended Resource is actually a privilege that is tantamount to sending a student to an often costly tutoring company, only the services are provided without cost to public school students or their parents, with the exception of income tax payment for those who are employed.

There is some taboo associated with the service, however, in that it is typically classified as “special education,” which is conventionally shunned in our society.

The truth is that many if not most of the students who are assigned to the service are normal students who simply need some extra attention, no different than any other mainstream students who’ll need intervention at some point, and no different than a collegiate scholar who benefits from services provided in a campus math or writing lab, etc.

Though some students who participate in extended resource programs have atypical learning challenges, the stigma that is typically attached to programs of this nature are essentially unmerited, and can be rectified with a name change, simply “Extended Resource,” as opposed to “Special Education.”

…That way, student participants who do not have atypical learning challenges who benefit from the services can learn without shame, as do collegiate scholars who succeed with tutoring and are no more special than any other students.

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