Nov 6, 2020, Independent: 25 schools in south Dublin told to open classes for pupils with special needs https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/25-schools-in-south-dublin-told-to-open-classes-for-pupils-with-special-needs-39716547.html More than 20 primary schools across south Dublin have been told officially for the second time to open classes for children with special needs in the current school year. Most of the 25 schools are being asked to create special classes with capacity to accommodate up to six pupils with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recent legislation gives the Minister for Education power to compel schools to open places for children with special needs. About 25 children in south Dublin are currently in receipt of a home tuition grant because there is no special class place for them, while others may be attending school without the benefit of all available supports. Under the terms of the legislation, the Department of Education served an initial notice on 39 schools in south Dublin in June seeking to cater for demand for places in the current school year . Some of the 39 subsequently agreed to open a class or the Department has accepted that they do not have the capacity. … Ms Madigan said the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) would continue to liaise with schools to identify additional capacity for special classes where this exists."…
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.