Someone asked me recently what I do for a living. And I responded I'm a special education teacher. And for the umpteenth time that person responded with a "thank you for what you do" comment. These comments really irritate me. I've always felt it comes from an ableist standpoint. This idea that children in special education education are severely flawed and if it wasn't for special "Angel's" or "Heroes" going in to work with them they would just be left in an asylum somewhere. Ugh. I've even had people take the comment almost that far. It really makes me angry. Am I alone feeling this way?