Nov 29, 2018, Baltimore Sun: Attacks on Baltimore school employees revive discussions about student discipline https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/bs-md-ci-teacher-attacks-20181129-story.html Marietta English was horrified when she watched the viral video showing a student hitting a Frederick Douglass High School teacher in the face. The Baltimore Teachers Union president was equally horrified when, a few weeks later, she saw footage of a student allegedly assaulting a cafeteria worker at the National Academy Foundation School of Baltimore. Then on Wednesday, news broke of another attack: a student punching a physics teacher at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. This trio of violent events has revived discussions about school safety and the debate over how students are punished. … The district’s code of conduct provides some discretion for how students who attack school personnel are punished. … Issues of violence against teachers are a perennial problem in Baltimore. A Baltimore Sun investigation in 2014 found that school employees reported more injuries than those in any city agency except the Police Department. There were more than 300 workers compensation claims related to assaults or run-ins with students in fiscal year 2013…. Last school year, Baltimore City Public Schools issued 436 suspensions and expulsions after a student attacked an adult. An additional 309 punishments were issued for threatening an adult. In the 2013-2014 school year, there were nearly 800 expulsions and suspensions resulting from a student’s physical attack on a staff member. … The Maryland State Board of Education passed disciplinary regulations in 2014 ending a zero-tolerance policy that resulted in the suspension of a large numbers of boys, special-education students and African-Americans for minor and vague infractions, like insubordination. …
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Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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