July 10, 2020, Dublin Independent: Revealed: the 39 Dublin primary schools told to open special classes for pupils with autism https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/revealed-the-39-dublin-primary-schools-told-to-open-special-classes-for-pupils-with-autism-39348601.html Primary schools in Dublin 4 and 6, Booterstown, Monkstown and Dún Laoghaire are among those a list of 39 on the south side of the city that have been told to open special classes for pupils with autism. The lack of special classes for children with autism and some other conditions in mainstream primary schools in certain areas, often more affluent suburbs, has been a bone of contention. The number of special classes generally, at both primary and post-primary, has grown significantly in recent years…. The letters were sent on foot of advice from the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) , which told the minister that while progress had been made in meeting the need of children in south Dublin there was still ”insufficient special class capacity”….
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.