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It's hard enough just to be a kid sometimes.
It's even harder to be a kid with disabilities.
It's hard to be that kid in a school system where needs aren't met due to budget constraints.
It's hard to be a parent when it appears that suing is the only recourse to getting what your child has a right to. Not a privilege: a right. Policy determination through lawsuit. Meet needs only when such a course of action is less expensive than legal costs and punitive damages. How brilliant.
Is it a widespread concept among school personnel that a public education is a product, and if portions of that product are not consumed by the client then the school bears no responsibility for the lack? I have the feeling that the people who run schools have the mindset of consumerism, as if they believe the system should be run as if it is a McDonalds where math, reading, and writing are like a burger, fries, and a coke. They seem to say "We serve 'em up and if the customer doesn't eat what we put out, well, that's a shame, but we did our job."
Sometimes I wonder where the real disabilities lie.
I have a daughter in third grade who doesn't know the difference between a foot and an inch, a minute and a second, and who thinks 8+15=16.
But the nifty new state-of-the-art playgrounds at all the schools in town sure have fun slides.