[rescue] Cluesticks (was Mounting and Dumping)

Nick nick at snowman.net
Tue Jan 20 15:16:21 CST 2004

I really hate to be an asshole about this, but how much of the "Greater
good" should we sacrifice for the individual?  How much are we bringing
the folks with ASD up to the level of everyone else VS how much are we
pushing down everyone else to put them on the level of those with ASD?  I
currently consider the US school system next to worthless.   My
understanding is it's gotten worse since I got out, and the only reason I
gained anything from it is my own personal motivation & curiousity.  There
are good teachers out there, but the courses they're forced to follow are
watered down to the point of uselessness.  This whole "No child left
behind" is a great theory, but some kids need to be left behind, and some
need to retake grade X 4 times.  Let each kid learn at her or his own
rate.  Don't force the folks who can learn a "year" of school in 1/2 of
that to sit around waiting, and on the other side, don't force those who
take 2 years to learn the same "year" to speed up.  Everyone learns just a
bit differently, take that into account.  Bah, nice rant, anyone got
helpfull ways to apply it, with a baseball bat if required?

On Tue, 20 Jan 2004, Devin L. Ganger wrote:

> Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:
> > Teachers unions in the US seem to be hurting the education system pretty
> > badly.
> Well, since it looks like the governments, parents, and students were 
> all in on it, they wanted their piece of the pie too.
> As a parent with kids at the low end of the school system, I shudder. 
> At least we have (or are in the process of getting, for the youngest) 
> that nice little cluestick of an "autism spectrum" diagnosis, which 
> means my kids bring additional Federal funds to whatever school district 
> they are in, which means school district officials actually listen to us 
> when we express displeasure.  And for both kids, the ASD is mild enough 
> that with early intervention, we're getting a good handle on it.  At 
> least the money for in-classroom aides and such are helping benefit some 
> of the other kids who don't have that luxury.
> -- 
> Devin L. Ganger <devin at thecabal.org>
> "Aikido is based around the central precept of letting an attack take
> its natural course.  You, of course, don't want to impede that natural
> flow by being in its way." -- overheard on the PyraMOO
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