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Newtown, and a New America

Willowwisp Wrote: Dec 25, 2012 3:14 PM
Armstrong...Great article.  Don't agree with the partisan take on a horrendously non-partisan problem.    No one is looking at another possible contributor to the ills of young males.      Post Sandy Hook, maybe  it's  time to revisit the 1973 Education Act for All.    PL 94-142 mandated placing handicap students  in the least restricted learning environment & eliminating separate special ed classes, schools, programs, etc. "Disabled"  children must be " mainstreamed" into regular classrooms.    For almost 40 years, everyone has seen public schools  become incubators for misfit students who become more brooding, self destructive, & disturbed.     "Red flags" are all over the place for many classified students..waiting for the right
Willowwisp Wrote: Dec 25, 2012 3:16 PM
No one is safe, not even the disabled child.     Unless a kid snaps & commits a crime or gets physically violent, either in school or out...no one can do anything for fear of violating the rights of the disabled child. 

We watch this potential red flag population as they matriculate  K-12th grades.   Many wreck havoc in the classrooms. Many are heavily medicated. Many are silent...like Lanza.   PL 94-142 had good intentions but these kids now hold schools hostage & some parents are in denial about their ADHD  kids.  This federal law gave bad behavior a pass & mandates systemic insanity in schools.     No amount of federal funding will turn regular schools into clinical treatment facilities for disturbed children.  
Willowwisp Wrote: Dec 25, 2012 3:16 PM
No one is safe, not even the disabled child.     Unless a kid snaps & commits a crime or gets physically violent, either in school or out...no one can do anything for fear of violating the rights of the disabled child. 

We watch this potential red flag population as they matriculate  K-12th grades.   Many wreck havoc in the classrooms. Many are heavily medicated. Many are silent...like Lanza.   PL 94-142 had good intentions but these kids now hold schools hostage & some parents are in denial about their ADHD  kids.  This federal law gave bad behavior a pass & mandates systemic insanity in schools.     No amount of federal funding will turn regular schools into clinical treatment facilities for disturbed children.  
Willowwisp Wrote: Dec 25, 2012 3:18 PM
No phalanx of Phds. & Masters level educators will fix this problem.  Public schools cant implement corrective measures . It's  a mental health issue...for MH professionals...in an appropriate MH setting.

Now the  NRA wants teachers/police to strap up in schools.  To protect children we should "incarcerate" them  in secured day programs".   From  8am-2:30pm, our children will be in lockdown mode.  The NRA wants to replicate the  legal system's supervised juvenile correction day programs...for children who have committed no crime!

Target the root of the problem:  mental illness,  lack of adequate treatment facilities/protocols & PL 94-142.   Public schools are not treatment facilities or quasi-correctional operations.
Willowwisp Wrote: Dec 25, 2012 3:20 PM
"Classified" student numbers continue increasing as schools identify more children who qualify for special education funds.   The decline in public education was NOT from  removing God  from schools.  It was from PL 94-142 mainstreaming "devilishly" dangerous  behavior in schools! 
PL 94-142
http://www.nd.edu/~rbarger/www7/pl94-142.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_for_All_Handicapped_Children_Ac
ADHD
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder
http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/adhd-medication-chart
Willowwisp Wrote: Dec 25, 2012 3:25 PM
So sorry for long post & repeat.

An entire country is in shock as we continue to watch the funerals of these innocent children and adults in Connecticut. It's not merely shock, but horror and revulsion, at the second-bloodiest school shooting in our history. It is sickening even to rank them in this way, to admit that there have been so many as to require it, but it is true: yet another child has killed yet more children in cold blood.

We don't have to worry about foreign terrorists coming to our country: we are better at hurting ourselves than they are at hurting us, and we always...