Note: American children are regressing into a primal state of dysfunctional mental health. They are not naughty. They are not unloved. They are not possessed by demons. Screen time alone isn't destroying their ability to have empathy and control. One could say that even our poorest children living in abject poverty have more luxuries that our grandparents could have imagined. Kids are pathologically unwell. But they don't have the chicken pox, so teachers can be grateful for that as they dodge chairs and fists. Meanwhile, teachers, aides and bus drivers are also cracking up and being violent toward students with special needs. Children are not supposed to need psychiatric care at age 7. Schools nurses are supposed to hand out band aids to boys with scraped knees and feminine pads to frightened 7th grade girls and put cold compresses on a feverish child whose mother has been called. Today's school nurses might as well work under MASH tents for the trauma the see each day. Social workers used to facilitate lunch bunch and counsel children whose parents were in the process of a divorce. We have a monstrous problem on our hands.
By Anne Dachel
Reporters endlessly tell us about INCREASES/CHANGES in the population of disabled children in our schools everywhere in the English speaking world. Despite the serious things they tell, these same reporters just move on to the next topic. There’s never an in-depth follow-up asking critical questions and searching for real answers.
One recent story immediately got my attention, and I felt I had to highlight it.
Iowa teachers tell Channel 13 they are so overwhelmed by extreme violent behavior they have reached a breaking point. They asked us to share their stories so people will understand what happens inside classrooms.
Ashlee May teaches second grade in Des Moines. She said, “Most people, I don’t think, realize kind of what’s happening. We get screamed at and cursed at daily. I’ve been stabbed with a pencil before.”
Police reports back her up. They contain stories of children ages 10 and younger throwing chairs, punching teachers in the face, and leaving bruises on instructors. May considers herself lucky. “In terms of what other teachers deal with, I think I’ve been kind of blessed because I’ve never had to go to the hospital.”
A teacher whose identity we concealed based on her fear of retaliation from administrators for speaking out told us children “get in the faces of the teachers.” She said she hears things like, “Get out of my way, you (expletives). You can’t do anything to me. I’m not going to get into trouble. You’re going to get into trouble. All kinds of intimidation.”
May said, “There just comes a point where you’re just so worn out emotionally, and physically, and mentally that you just can’t do it anymore.”
We’re told, “Teachers have been sounding the alarm privately about extreme behavior for years.”
We hear about “room clears” where a child becomes so violent that other students are in danger and they have to be removed to the hallway. A single student is then left to trash the room.
So why have (elementary) students recently become so disruptive and out-of-control?
The 7 minute news video didn’t have much to say about it except that there are ‘gaps in our social fabric’ and insinuate that parents are at fault.
“Teachers are tasked with types of nurturing that have never been asked of them, that they weren’t trained for, and state lawmakers haven’t budgeted for.”
Children seemingly aren’t being nurtured outside of school.
In addition, there is a lack of mental health services that children need.
The interview with a district administer went like this:
“All the gaps in our social fabric that schools are more and more expected to take on, whether that’s private service providers or access to private service providers.”
“Or moms and dads.”
“—Or moms and dads as a cohesive unit, providing the kinds of supports that I think a lot of us took for granted in large part and certainly weren’t relying on the schools to provide.”
That not-too-subtle point of course lays the blame squarely on the heads of parents—today’s “refrigerator moms” and dads.
The solution to the failure of parents is to call on government to provide MORE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN OUR SCHOOLS. That’s sounds easy. We can move on.
End of the story
There can’t really be an environmental reason behind all these behavioral changes. It has to be explained away simply as bad parenting, or as a 1998 CDC study called it, Adverse Childhood Experiences.
The truth is the child of the 21st century lives in a toxic wasteland. Our air, food, and water are all laced with brain-altering chemicals. And most concerning of all, we start injecting neurotoxins in babies while they’re still in the womb. I’m increasingly surprised children can function at all.
Other recent stories on Loss of Brain Trust include:
Multiple stories from all over England covered the fact that parents were on the march on May 30th. Nationwide protests were held to call attention to the lack of special education services in schools. Children on waiting lists, being bused long distances, being expelled, not receiving proper services—it’s happening all over the country, and parents have had enough.
A June 1st story from Hull is but one example:
Passionate Hull parents of children with special needs and disabilities have revealed their fights for justice and the impact “shameful” governments cuts have had…. She criticised the “shameful” government for “ignoring” children with special needs and disabilities and vowed to take parents’ voices and represent them in parliament.
What was most noticeable to me were the six examples of affected children—all of whom had autism.
…Ben Griffiths, who is classed as nonverbal and is due to start an assessment for autism.
…her 17-year-old son, James, diagnosed with Asperger’s…
…Logan Richards, is 10…and he also has ADHD and is on the autistic spectrum….
…Oliver, who has autism, …
…and Ankur Mehrotra, whose 11-year-old son Shaurya is on the autistic spectrum.
Another was Marta Salmeron, whose eight-year-old daughter, Adiza Mouhamadou, is on the autistic spectrum….
What’s happening in England is described as “a national crisis” and “a national scandal,” and clearly a big factor in why this is happening is AUTISM, something no one seems to notice.
In addition, the director of summer camps in the state of New York is asking for legislation to allow for mental health providers when kids are at camp.
First responders in Texas learned about autism as reported in a story where readers were told, ‘There are more people with autism in Texas than ever before. There are 63,000 people with autism in Texas public schools right now.’ …
They learned the characteristic behaviors of people with ASD and challenges for them.
What didn’t appear in the piece were the words CHILDREN/CHILD, in a clear attempt to downplay how autism overwhelmingly affects the younger generations.
And finally, I couldn’t help but notice the stories from Britain that casually noted that in one year, special education numbers increased 11%.
The number of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) being supported by councils increased last year by 11%, government figures released today show. The Department for Education said there were 354,000 individuals with education, health and care plans (EHC) in January this year, compared to 319,800 at the same date in 2018. The increase has been driven by increases across all age groups, with the largest rises in the 20-25 age group (32%) and 0-5 (13%).
Not only are there MORE children coming into school in England with disabilities, but in 2014, the government extended schooling from 21 to 25 years of age. This, of course, helps in the absence of services for adults, but it places an even greater burden on schools.
There are lots more stories, far too many to include here. What they’re telling us is that society is failing our children. Somehow we’re trying to adjust to a disaster and to accommodate an ever-growing dependent population. We can’t win.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.