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Why do people make fun of special needs.Just because they are different then you doesnt mean you gotta make fun of them.Some are actually really smart.I think it is wrong to make fun of special needs people.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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People make fun of individuals with special needs because they make them uncomfortable. For some reason, we tend to react like idiots when confronted with something we don't understand. It's a reaction to fear and doubt. We don't want to do or say the wrong thing in front of them, so we act preemptively.
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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I appreciate your passion, Megan, and you know these kinds of things have already happened because of race and sexual orientation.  People have died because others have decided that anyone different than them is someone who should not be allowed to live.  Thankfully those numbers are smaller than they could be, and we're learning better how to talk about and live a life of tolerance.  It's always best to avoid these kinds of confrontations by helping others see the ugliness of such thinking.  You are smart and strong, I'm sure, and the best use of those two attributes is to stand up for what's right and help others recognize their misguided notions and prejudices. 

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Perhaps the problem is that any disctinction is made between "us" and "them". In my classroom, I address the fact that we all simply learn differently. Some of us process things better visually. Some of us process better if we hear. Some of us process faster and some slower. Learning differences has less to do with one's intelligence and more to do with how the individual learns.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You're a very astute 15-year-old, Megan, and I hope you're not alone.  It's just so easy to make fun of people we don't know or understand or who aren't really like us--whoever us is.  While it's heartbreaking, frustrating, and even infuriating, this behavior is frightening to me because I'm not sure where it stops.  Often what we refer to as "special needs" people are easily recognizable (though of course that's not always true); they're easy targets because they're different.  What if, one day, being a red-head becomes too "different," or being old, or being fat, or wearing certain clothing.  These groups may get some taunting, but it could get much worse.  Where does it stop?  Tolerance for--and even the celebration of--our differences would certainly make for a better world.  Thanks for doing your part!

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meganp0504 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

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I appreciate your passion, Megan, and you know these kinds of things have already happened because of race and sexual orientation.  People have died because others have decided that anyone different than them is someone who should not be allowed to live.  Thankfully those numbers are smaller than they could be, and we're learning better how to talk about and live a life of tolerance.  It's always best to avoid these kinds of confrontations by helping others see the ugliness of such thinking.  You are smart and strong, I'm sure, and the best use of those two attributes is to stand up for what's right and help others recognize their misguided notions and prejudices. 

c me as loving as i am i either wont to be a science teacher,choir techer,nurse or counsilor or a special needs teacher

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meganp0504 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

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You're a very astute 15-year-old, Megan, and I hope you're not alone.  It's just so easy to make fun of people we don't know or understand or who aren't really like us--whoever us is.  While it's heartbreaking, frustrating, and even infuriating, this behavior is frightening to me because I'm not sure where it stops.  Often what we refer to as "special needs" people are easily recognizable (though of course that's not always true); they're easy targets because they're different.  What if, one day, being a red-head becomes too "different," or being old, or being fat, or wearing certain clothing.  These groups may get some taunting, but it could get much worse.  Where does it stop?  Tolerance for--and even the celebration of--our differences would certainly make for a better world.  Thanks for doing your part!

another thing i think about is wut if it gets worse and wut if the start beatin them up for bein different which i would probably be gettin in the fight to mke ummm stop im smart and strong

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kim-c | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

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First of all, I agree with auntlori about her views on how one day being different would become targets...

As for me, I really don't know. People can be so cruel these days. It seems as if we have a problem with people that are "different," which I think is so sad. Even people who are eccentric or fat seem to be made fun of as well. It seems as it's a crime to be fat but there should be nothing wrong with being that, as it's what's on the inside that matters most.

Special needs people need to feel that they are being cared for. I also think it's how they are portrayed in movies, how movie actors always act like special needs people and try to turn it into a comedy...I really feel sorry for them, as it's not their fault that they were born like that. My parents always tell us to respect people with special needs and I've been doing that for as long as I could remember.

And...I really want to thank you for putting this question up for discussion so that we are all able to contribute and give our support to people with special needs. Thank you!!!

 

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meganp0504 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

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i believe that it is wrong im 15 and i dont make fun of them i actually believe they are really great people

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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I absolutely agree with Meganp's view in post above. It is not right to make fun of any one with special needs.

The right use of better capabilities a person has is to create something useful. Value of a person is determined by what the person is capable of, but by how the person uses his or her capabilities to increase the total happiness and well being in the world. A person who gives more to the society in this way also receives more from the society in return. In addition the joy of creating happiness for others is also a very valuable reward.

People who make fun of limitations of others are using their capabilities to reduce the total well being and happiness in the world. The fun they get from doing much less than the cost to the victim of the fun. In this way the fun maker is destroying total value, rather than creating it. Thus he or she is reducing the value or benefit he is entitled to get in return for his contribution to the society.

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