On The Fence


So, I came across a story last night and right away I reacted “More big government nanny state-ism!”

But then I stopped, after all, I can’t say that in response to EVERYthing!  A lot of things yes, but not every. single. thing.

So, take a look and lemme know what you think.

The story begins with an autistic child, Jake, and his growing anxiety over going to school.

This fall, the third-grader developed severe separation anxiety, and getting dropped off at school and having to walk in by himself set him off, his parents said.

As the condition became worse and worse, it seemed that the parents worked out a solution with the school; everything worked as it should.

After about a month, Jake’s teacher at Dixon Road Elementary School suggested that his mother or father walk him to the classroom to ease his separation anxiety. Principal Dawn Alligood approved the idea.

Beautiful.

But then something strange occurred.

The process worked well for several weeks until other parents started complaining.

Alligood then told the Dawsons that the school doesn’t allow parents to walk their children to class to maintain school security. Other parents didn’t like the special treatment given to the Dawsons, so Alligood said Jake could no longer get a daily escort to class.

So now this child, sick with a condition that is not considered standard, is being prohibited from a practice that helps him adjust.  Because parents complained.  And  principle caved.

My take is that the parents should grow up and the principle should stand up and do the right thing; let this boy’s parents walk their son to class.

You?

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2 comments
  1. I think I lean to letting the local educators make their best judgement, but with the addition that educators should pick what is best for the kids not what is easiest for them.

  2. pino said:

    I lean to letting the local educators make their best judgement

    Me too.

    educators should pick what is best for the kids not what is easiest for them

    And I think this is what caused them to reverse their decision.

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