a reply to: Onlyyouknow
Read my remarks carefully; I have never advocated as much.
I have tried to make a distinction between the label and the disability, and then made some casual observations about education in general.
Pleas don't interpret my remarks as a criticism of disabled children (which Grambler seemingly has), but rather view them as a whole.
I'm old (56), and when I was a kid we had "field day" at the end of the year. There were races, ball throws, and all sorts of things...and someone
"won". One person. There were lots of games, and lot's of people "won". But, not everyone "Won".
Some people lost. They didn't "lose" as much as they just didn't "Win". And, that was life
There were team games too, like tug-o-war and many others. But some teams won and other teams lost. That's just how it was. And you learned
something about yourself, and life in general.
Autistic children are not brain-dead. In fact, some of them are actually brilliant (autistic savants) in their own special way.
I take exception to treating children differently. They all will develop, regardless of how, or who helps them achieve it.
When you tell every child they are a champion you diminish the true champions, and you support the underachievers who could be champions with bit more
effort, but will never be because of your support.
Life is a competition. It doesn't have to be a sport, or a debate team, but being a success is a challenge.
So let's define "Success" for a moment. Success can be as simple as being self sufficient, or even partially so. It can be being a pro athlete, a
scientist...or just a person who is able to live on their own. It can be a lot of things, and all of them are equally good.
On the other hand, a child can live a sheltered life, defended for all of his shortcomings by his parents and others. One day, they won't be around
to help...and then what?
So many people have virtue shamed me here today, but I had a senior mechanical engineer who worked for me who was significantly handicapped. We had
to go out on several roofs one day too look at HVAC units. There was no ADA access to these areas. He jumped up out of his wheelchair and hopped up
the stairs (which made me cringe). On the way he made a comment. He asked why there was braille on the elevators outside on the ramp where the
aircraft were. (we were at the airport). He said, jokingly...wouldn't they be FOD? FOD is an acronym for Foreign Object Debris, which at airports
is a big deal so it doesn't get sucked up into the jet engines. (meaning why would a blind person ever be out there)
So, you see, even handicapped people can make fun now and again.
Consequently, I think all this hyper-sensitivty over an internet article is, well, a bit over-blown.