When I got up this morning I found that Hubby had left this article open on his computer and I assumed it was for me to read, so I sat down with my hot cup of tea in hand and began to peruse through the article.
For those of you who don’t want to click on the link, the gist of the story is that a young boy in Kindergarten who is in the middle of being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of high functioning Autism, was horribly emotionally battered the other day when his teacher had the rest of the kids in the class tell all the things that they don’t like about this boy and then they voted him out of the class?
WTF?? How can you vote a 4 or 5 year old child out of a class?
This teacher then sent him to the classroom.
What the hell kind of an adult subjects a child to that kind of heartbreak and pain? To have to sit there and listen to complaints of him being ‘disgusting‘ and ‘annoying‘. Childhood is hard enough to endure, I mean kids are harsh enough on each other but that teacher just sanctioned bullying towards that little boy. She just taught all those kids that it’s alright to pick on someone who is different from you, and telling them just what you think is OK as well.
As a parent of a child who had a teacher telling the kids in my child’s class that it’s alright to emotionally abuse and torment another child, I’m saying that I do not think that woman is in the right line of work.
This little boy was in the principals office when she started talking to the kids about the boy, I believe his name is Alex. I understand talking to the kids about the boy like that, perhaps have an airing out of the differences and some of the disturbances so that the kids feel like they have a voice about what he’s doing to upset them, and then the teacher could direct them towards a positive way to handle the boy when he’s being difficult. Name calling should not be one of the ways.
Saying things like ‘I don’t like what you are doing.’ and ‘Please stop’ and then informing the kids that if that doesn’t work to come and get her would have been positive. Instead she turned it into this horrible thing that made this little boy not want to go to school anymore. It also sounds like this boy had finally made a friend and now he’s lost that as well.
And the thing is, if this boy does have Aspergers it isn’t like he’s able to totally control what he’s doing, it’s a form of autism. The teacher should be sympathetic and should be helping the children to understand and teaching them how to communicate with this boy, all she taught them was ignorance and intolerance of people who are disabled.
Way to go, I know that if I had a ‘normal’ child in her class I’d be very angry and I’d want her as far from my child as I could get her. There are a lot of parents out there who work very hard to raise their children with openness and to show them that there are different sorts of people out there in the world and that you have to accept that you wont get along with everyone but you should learn how to be polite and treat people with respect and politeness, we must be tolerant of the differences between us and in the cases of people with disabilities we should work to assist them and try our hardest not to hurt them.
She undid all of that with one little vote.