Re: DSM: Is democracy for everyone?

Sharon Stanfill (
Wed, 4 Aug 1999 10:39:44 -0400 (EDT)

The wheelchair question is indeed a difficult one - and affects
not only new startups but also established schools, whose buildings
cannot always be modified for reasonable amounts. (There's not always
room for an elevator for example.)

The extreme example of the student who needs round the clock
doctor's supervision, as a note, is not so far fetched as one
might suppose. There is a child in some public school system who
does , in fact, need a fairly highly trained aide at all times.
The cost is something like $50,000/year (for 9-3 , school year).
There's a lot of debate about where that money should come from.
And, this is likely to be more and more signicant - modern medicine
allows us to save infants with severe problems who would have died
a generation ago. That's wonderfull - but one must plan for the
fact that they are likely to require much more money to educate.

"Special needs" is too broad a classification to say much about - some
kids in this category are merely making life hard for the teachers
because they just don't fit the classroom easily - too smart, too dumb,
too fidgety...while others have major physical and mental challenges
that must be dealt with in some way.

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