Oct 31, 2019, NewsTalk, Dublin: Report shows rise in number of kids with special needs in primary schools https://www.newstalk.com/news/report-rise-number-children-special-needs-primary-schools-920183 The number of children with special needs in primary schools increased by 63% over four years, according to a new government report. The Education Indicators for Ireland report gives an overview for the first time of school and third level education and training. It highlights the increase in the number of pupils with special needs in primary and post-primary schools from 2014 to 2018. The figures show a rise of children with special needs at primary level from 3,816 in 2014 to 6,229 in 2018, while another 1,000 places were added for September 2019. Additionally, the report shows that there are now more than 13,400 special education teachers, while up to 15,950 Special Needs Assistants will be working in schools this year…. “Creating a report like this gives us a snapshot of the education system at one point in time. But it also shows us how far we have come in recent years, what commitments we are making and what our ambitions are.”
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.