posted on Jun, 20 2012 @ 09:38 AM
Some years back my husband and I had made the decision to remove our older dd, who has Down Syndrome, from a pre-school program for children with
certain disabilities. This decision was based on the fact that her behavior had changed dramatically and she was displaying signs of fear and trauma.
Being non-verbal she was unable to tell us what exactly was wrong, mind you, she was also only 3 at the time. We did seek answers from the teacher and
assistants and really did not receive any that made sense. Once she was removed from the classroom and put in a different school her behavior greatly
Fast forward many years later and the same teacher and assistant has been called out (read suspended) for using physical force with these kids and
I've been asked to tell our story.
The school district is now doing what they can to remedy the situation.
And one of the possibilities that has been floating around are cameras in the classroom of students with non-verbal disabilities.
At first, I was very much for this. However, I've been really examining this from various angles, and I'm the bubble.
As a person who does some housecleaning on the side, it irks me that there could be a nanny cam right there watching my every move. I understand why,
it's just that at the same time, I can see how the cams can be abused by others in authority to begin dictating exactly what a person can or can't do
with regards to details that perhaps a homeowner doesn't understand very well. So, yes, I can see how a teacher can begin feeling like they're
walking on eggshells, worried that others would not grasp a teaching style or such.
ATS gets a very diverse audience and I thought this may be a good place to discuss it and share thoughts.
Perhaps some of you may have some concerns either way.
edit on 20-6-2012 by SangriaRed because: clarification of thought