[Link] We've had (my daughter) tested. She might have a learning disability of the dyslexia variety. There's a weak suggestion that she might be ADHD -- although neither her teachers nor we think so. We have no time to even begin any therapy aside from drugs before the school's deadline. So, cutting through the edu-babble, it's drug her, or they dump her.I think that it is perfectly reasonable for a Private School to be able to make such a horrifyingly insensitive choice. I don't think it's absolutely necessary for them to choose so, but I know what kind of budgets many of these schools have with which to work. This is especially true of the elementary level parochial, or Parish, schools such as the one to which my parents sent all 5 of my siblings and me.
Private schools don't have the resources for problem children. This private school wants my son. They don't want my daughter. You know who wants my daughter? The public schools because they have no choice. The private school is already in competition with a handful of other private schools. It is not a competition to help kids who need help, it's a competition for money and prestige, for efficiency, for staff retention -- none of which make my daughter seem like a good deal. It is in a competition it can most easily win by dumping all the square pegs.
It's a tough call for a parent to make in deciding what is A) best for each of their children individually and B) relevant to their family's needs as a whole and loving unit.
I could go on but instead recommend you head on over to The Mighty Middle for other commenters' takes along with mine and Michael's.
Back on the pics-o'-prophets bit for a minute: The 2% Co. posted on it of course. I had a chance to get into a little back and forth, pros and cons with one of my fellow fans of their site. I think we both made some good points, even though we approached from essentially opposing ends of the debate. Here is the essential element of my opinion on the whole she-bang:
[Link]The Pen is Mightier than the Sword is true in the long run of cultural evolution. But, no matter how you try to rationalize it, the Sword is Always Bloodier than the Pen.As you'll see if you follow the links, even the Respectfully Insolent Orac had a somewhat controversial piece to add to the debate. I thought his part important because of it's historical accuracy. What I don't agree with is that any juxtaposition of Hitler's cartoon campaign against the Jews exists in any meaningful way over this current cultural clash.
I understand and appreciate your points Dikkii. I am one who sincerely and deliberately speaks with my Pen until a time might come that I am confronted with the Sword. Then the rules be damned.
Today's issue is not about a coordinated effort to eradicate a sub-culture it considers politically parasitical and destructive to society. It is about everyone's right to share information and knowledge, regardless of anyone's taboos against that information being freely available. The differences far outweigh the similarities, and neither should be ignored.
I guess we should all just be grateful that our President has his Patriotic way vis-a-vie unchallenged Civil Spying activities. I'm sure his ability to covertly track anyone's activity without Judicial checks will prevent any convicted terrorists from escaping from foreign prisons and cutting our throats in the middle of the night. Ooops! Wait a minute...