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Journal of No. 118

December 14th, 2012

Does this make any sense at all? @ 07:50 am

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Dad complains about his 18-year-old son's 4.0 cumulative GPA.

Why? Because the son has the mental capacity of a 6 month old.

I ask you, is school the right place for this child?

Don't get me wrong. I don't want mentally disabled children rounded up and placed in a pit with all the gruel and fingerpaint they can eat. But, despite the legal right to a public education, what is the point of allegedly teaching algebra and world history to a child who cannot read, write or speak?

Is the father a trailblazing leader of mainstreaming? Not really. What he wants is actually very reasonable and touching:

"My goal isn't for him to do algebra. My goal is to have him walk. I would love to hear him say 'mom' or 'dad.' But I know that's probably never going to happen."

Maybe there are therapists/special ed teachers who could actually help with those things. Maybe that's actually what the student is getting in 'school', which would be a good thing. But this fictitious mastery of Algebra and World History is a grotesque lie.

(Dad is also probably right about what's actually going on... this helps the school's average GPA.)
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Journal of No. 118