May16, 2019, News8, Moline, IL: Family speaks out on Davenport’s treatment of child with special needs https://wqad.com/2019/05/16/family-speaks-out-on-davenports-treatment-of-child-with-special-needs/ DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Davenport's schools have been under pressure by the state to address its treatment of both minority students and those with special needs…. Her seven-year-old son Joshua has autism. During his kindergarten and first-grade years at Jackson Elementary, "he was suspended 10 times, he was sent to the seclusion room more than 40 times," said his mother. … "On one incident they used a seclusion room. He had to use the bathroom. There was nobody to tell, so he peed on the floor. They made him clean up his pee with microfiber wipes and some cleaner, and no gloves."… Interim Superintendent TJ Schneckloth said the district recognizes there is disproportionality problem. As part of its report, the state issued conditional accreditation to Davenport Community Schools….
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.