The World Happiness Report provides annual metrics about how people around the world say that they are more or less happy. What about special ed?
Here's an idea: How about establishing a happiness report about special education? Suppose that parents, educators, and policy makers responded to a simple question: “On a scale of 0-10, how happy are you with support for children with disabilities in your neighborhood (zero is very dissatisfied)?”
Suppose, also, that the respondents are selected in accordance with the standards that are familiar to sociologists and public polling authorities. The sample is actually representative of the the population of people in the world.
Still with me?
There would be associated questions: (a) are you a parent? (b) are you a parent of a child with a disability? (c) do you know a child with a disability? (d) How old is any child you know who has a disability....
I'm thinking about getting a worldwide survey of people's (and especially parents') perspectives about services for children with debilities.
An important reason that I'm interested in this idea is that I would like to track changes over time. Does "happiness" increase over time? Does it change following governmental policy changes? Does happiness increase for some denizens of the world but decrease for others?
We speducators ought to be monitoring the social validity of our efforts. Do consumers find our efforts helpful?