Anyone might say that this is Canada and things are better in the U.S. (Although a quick Google search will bring up lots of stories of these students being abused or neglected by teachers, aides, and bus drivers here. So the problems associated with the explosion in special needs kids are happening in our schools as well.)
What’s telling here are the numbers. One out of every FOUR STUDENTS in her class is special needs. Is that an exception? Is this now the norm? Are regular ed teachers currently being trained in special ed? (I wasn’t back when I was in college.)
Faith Bodnar, the executive director of Inclusion BC, still believes all the kids who can’t learn or behave aren’t really anything to worry about they just need more funding:
Bodnar says while special needs designations have expanded, funding hasn’t gone up. “We’re better at identifying the unique learning needs of children with special needs than we were 15 years ago,” she notes.
“[But] with that comes the fact that investment in our school system hasn’t kept pace with diversity in the school system. “
So no one noticed the boy spinning “like a dervish up to the front of a class” in past years.
“Diversity in the school system” has got to be one of the most bizarre phrases to describe this nightmare that I’ve ever come across.
Education Minister Peter Fassbender doesn’t want to place caps on spec ed students in reg. ed classrooms, thus making himself very fiscally responsible I’m sure.
The teacher, Willow Reichelt, is clearly the only rational person in this story.
(And she’s also the mother of a child with autism.)
CBC NEWS: Former teacher quit over special needs stress
A former teacher in Chilliwack says she quit her job after 14 years because she didn’t have the resources to help the special needs children in her classroom.
Willow Reichelt spent more than a decade as a teacher in B.C., before quitting her job in 2013. “I got to the point in teaching where it was taking my whole life,” she told CBC News. “It does, honestly. If people think teachers work the hours of a school day, they are crazy.” The last class Reichelt taught, eight out of the 30 students were designated with special needs. Despite that, there was only one teaching assistant assigned to help, for just one and-a-half hours a day. “It was sort of okay. We tried our best,” she said. “But there were lots of disruptions. The kid who was later diagnosed with Tourette [syndrome] would spin like a dervish up to the front of a class while I’d be trying to teach, or sit in his desk and jump up and down and make loud noises. Then I did have a couple of kids [with] severe behaviour. It was pretty nuts.”
Gigi Jordan showed no emotion as a New York prosecutor described to a jury a “chilling and horrifying scenario” in which the businesswoman who made a fortune in pharmaceuticals allegedly concocted a lethal cocktail of painkillers and anti-inflammatories and forced her 8-year-old autistic son to swallow it.
The nightmare continues. I have no words.
I just saw this story and noticed that Thompson was supposed to speak in 2004 at the IOM meeting on vaccine safety, but after contacting Gerberding about his concerns regarding the MMR study—he wasn’t allowed to speak.
“Ten years ago (February 2, 2004), Dr. Thompson expressed concerns about the [MMR] study’s findings in an urgent letter to CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding,” said Dr. Hooker. [Thompson] wrote: ‘I will have to present several problematic results relating to statistical associations between the receipt of the MMR vaccine and autism.’ Referring to the upcoming Institute of Medicine (IOM) meeting on immunizations and autism.
Dr. Thompson received no reply from Dr. Gerberding but was removed from the IOM speaker schedule just days before the meeting. The 2004 IOM report, which omitted his findings, was cited in the Omnibus Autism decision that denied 5,000 families compensation for vaccine injury claims. The report continues to be widely cited for its position of exonerating vaccines’ role in causing autism.
Dr. Gerberding subsequently left the CDC in 2008 and in 2009 became president of Merck’s multi-billion dollar vaccine division, a position she still holds today.
New PBS documentary carefully delivers transparent vaccine message to viewers. …
NOVA viewers transition into a segment of the documentary that addresses one of the greatest medical fallacies of them all: vaccinations and its misleading link to autism. The film introduces an insightfully well-spoken Alison Singer, president and co-founder of the Autism Science Foundation, along with her daughter Jodie, who has autism and is severely impaired because of it. Singer cites the overwhelming scientific evidence refuting a link between vaccines and autism and discusses the lingering effects of public perception from a long-discredited study.
Saying it over and over: “Vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives,” just isn’t cutting it. Doing an entire documentary with that message won’t really matter. There are just too many sick and disabled children that no one can explain.
When asked for details about its review process and why Thompson wasn’t consulted, the Pediatrics spokeswoman would only say, “The journal takes allegations of the use of fraudulent data seriously” and that it “investigated the allegations in accordance with the Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines and has decided that a retraction is not warranted.”
I remember a number of times over the last 10 years when I actually heard back from a reporter I’d written to and they would tell me why they didn’t accept any of the information I’d sent on vaccines. It didn’t matter what studies I provided or experts I cited, they still supported all the official claims. My favorite line, which I heard from several reporters, was “I stand by what I wrote,” as if those noble sounding words settled the issue. This reminds me of that.
Pediatrics has a “Committee on Publication Ethics”? Too bad they don’t have one on “Criminal Cover-Up,” I think this is a little more serious than violating rules of conduct.
U.S. Rep. Bill Posey has been curious for a while about whether there’s been enough research into alleged links between childhood immunizations and autism, and now his office has a cache of documents from a CDC scientist who said his research was tainted. Posey’s Congressional office is reviewing somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 documents, including research statistics, it obtained from Dr. William Thompson, who has complained that the CDC withheld some of his data that may have suggested a link.
This is brief. They use cautious words like “curious” and “tainted,” and this is news about an elected official from Florida, so it’s local interest. BUT…THIS IS MAINSTREAM MEDIA and there’s no dismissal of what the whistleblower had to say. I posted a comment.