Thursday, 18 February 2010

You couldn't make it up...

And anyway, who would believe you if you did?
Don't get mad, get even

James Forliti blogs –

My son is 'integrated' into his school classroom. Hmmm, sounds rather like a piece of equipment; bolted onto a machine. It's old news that he is 'integrated' into his school; but every once in a while it just hits me again how bloody low the bar is set for him. His little log book from the classroom aide reports that his task at school today was to give the spelling words to the other kids for a spelling test. THis means that someone else recorded the words into a computer, he hits his head on the button (I think, or maybe they held his hand and hit the button with his hand) and the word is blurted out for the OTHER STUDENTS to do their chores. Holy smokes, is that what my boy is worth in the classroom? He helps the other kids practice spelling, yet noone is asking him to try to speak, or use his hands? Only conductors have touched that path with him.

Off with their heads

What can one say? What generally recognised wrongs have been done here? What crimes could 'the system' be charged with?
  • Misuse of public funds?
  • Malpractice?
  • Criminal neglect?
  • Child abuse?
  • Denial of fundamental human rights to dignity and education?
  • Conspiracy? (the closed shop of the multidisciplinary team)
  • Psychocide? (I made this last one up: it refers to choking off the development of a child's personality, and shackling a family's hope and soul – so maybe there should be two counts on the charge sheet here)
How many hundreds of thousands, how many millions of victims are required before talk turns towards crimes against humanity?

Of course, there is no chance of any such charges, they are altogether contary to common wisdom, to the present paradigm, to the the hegemony of established institutions. They would be laughed out of court. Ditto if suing for civil damages.

Hold on, though, nothing is fixed for ever. Think of the criminal offences and actionable situations that nowadays we take for granted as matters for laws, punishment and compensation. Once such accountability was no more than the unrealistic and unrealisable dream of a few progressive reformers, regarded as no better than oddballs and trouble-makers by the responsible opinion of their time.

Their dreams got on to the statute books eventually, as result of years of campaigning and struggle, through hard-fought political action and by winning over public understanding – not because of the inherent goodness of a given cause.

One day maybe … but only if ...


Forliti, J. (2010) Spleen test, CE IN BC, 17 February

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