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A General Education Classroom is NOT the Setting for Survivor, Asperger’s Island

04 Feb

In 2008, a general education teacher  brought Alex, then five years old, to the front of the classroom at Morningside Elementary School in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He had just returned from a visit to the principal’s office when Ms. Portillo put Alex in front of the tribal counsel — Alex’s fellow five-year-olds. These kindergartners were asked to vote on whether Alex should remain in class. Alex was voted off the island, I mean classroom.

Yesterday, Alex’s mother was awarded $350,000 by the school district. After a one-year unpaid leave, St. Lucie’s own Jeff Probst has returned to teaching. Alex still has Asperger’s Disorder (sarcasm intended, as I know AS is a life-long disorder).

$350,000 is apparently the price tag for:

  • Humiliation of a child (and family)
  • A quick “fix” to behavior problems (Puts the costs of ABA in perspective!)
  • A real-life lesson in intolerance
  • Publicity for the extent to which a school district is untrained
  • A year off in the world of a teacher

I, for one, would like the school district to do a matching-funds option to pay for some ASD training. Actually, I’d do it for the cost of my flight. Southwest.com tells me that’s about $200.

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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in ASD in the Schools

 

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