Aug 25, 2019, Haaretz: Special-ed Program in Israel to Start on Schedule Despite Severe Budget Shortage https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-special-ed-program-in-israel-to-start-on-schedule-despite-severe-budget-shortage-1.7738175 The program for children requiring special education will start the new school year on schedule despite budget problems, the Education Ministry said on Wednesday, following its announcement last week that a severe budget crunch would cause disruptions. On Thursday it said the budget for constant supervision of students with autism or life-threatening allergies will come at the expense of “holiday school” tutoring during Hanukkah. Last week the Education Ministry said it was short hundreds of millions of shekels for special education. It will not be able to open new classes for autistic children and in the case of special-needs children placed in regular classrooms, who are constantly accompanied by assistants, it will have to cut back working hours for the assistants, the ministry said. Sources at the ministry explain that the number of autistic children has risen by 3.7 percent a year recently, while the number of school pupils in the general population increased by 1.7 percent. The Finance Ministry says the increase in the number of autistic children had been anticipated and that the Education Ministry could have prepared accordingly. …
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.