I am still working through the system, and might still be too trusting - too much faith in humanity and respect for "professionals". If someone told me the things I have found out, I would lable him a liar. It is just so unbelievable. Anyway, here are my thoughts on why it occurs with a group of professionals. I just want to know what seems to be the best explanation, if any: (1) Teachers, etc. in education have not worked outside their profession in the "real world". Their reality of being a professional is what they learned in the "system". Their moral compass was formed within this system. I.e. - They don't know any better, and believe this is how the world works. (Most teachers I know went straight to college, then teaching). (2) They have "stuck their neck out" before and found out that no good deed goes unpunished. There is no gain to go against the administration, as those that "tow the SD line" get the rewards. (3) Individual teachers feel that they cannot make a difference in the larger group (IEP or ARDs) and back down. (4) Egos/Power Trips get in the way. They do not receive respect, and only can control this one thing where they can be GOD. Could even be taking out grudges for colleagues via the child. (5) Some teachers do not believe there is a disability or that there should be special services. They don't get it. (6) They just want a paycheck and do not care (I hope this is an extreme minority).