07 June 2008

The Blind Leading the Stupid

Yes, it's true... The Apocalypse is upon us. It seems that a kindergarten teacher allowed her class to "vote out" a student.

The student is in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which basically means that his behavior is slightly atypical and that he's probably pretty bright for his age but doesn't relate well to others. What this comes down to is, he's a protonerd. Given a few more years and some education and practice, he would eventually become a true nerd, or maybe a geek.

He might even become an engineer.

But no, instead, his teacher, probably the non-parent to whom he looks up the most, decided that a popularity contest would be good for him. She allowed the class to vote on whether or not to kick him out, and also asked all the other children to tell him what they thought of him.

The local law enforcement has decided that there was no emotional abuse here, but as someone who had similar problems as a child, I can tell you that this is definitely abuse, and the teacher should be punished in ways not currently considered constitutional.

Perhaps this blog entry lacks the levity with which I've become associated, but this whole story made me so angry I could scream. I truly feel for the child.

Oh, and the title of this entry... Neither the "blind" nor the "stupid" is the AS child. Look at it how you want... the administrators and the teacher... the police and CPS... the teacher and the rest of the class... Anyway you pair up the parties in this story, the title is apt, I think. The blind leading the stupid, indeed.

1 comment:

HermitJim said...

It sounds like this teacher is preparing to run for office...probably as a senator, then president. With the caliber of the candidates in today's races, she would fit right in.