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.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
"What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless."
UK media editor, Age of Autism
"The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country."
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
“It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.”
“They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.”
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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(UK) 'Outstanding' Solihull autism school drops to 'inadequate'; school 'declined markedly'
June 25, 2020, Birmingham Live: An outstanding school in Solihull has been slammed by Ofsted after dramatic fall in standards https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/outstanding-school-solihull-been-slammed-18488872An 'outstanding' Solihull school has been savaged by Ofsted for a dramatic slump in standards.
The education watchdog had given the highest possible rating to Springfield House, near Knowle, during its last full inspection eight years ago.
But in its latest report, published this month, it was revealed that the special school on Kenilworth Road had slumped to "inadequate" - the lowest of the four grades available.
Ofsted said there was a lack of experienced staff, some written risk assessments lacked detail and some record-keeping was "disorganised."…
Ofsted's findings, which follow a visit just before lockdown, said: "The quality of education in the school has declined markedly since the last inspection….
"School leaders have not responded effectively to this. Staff shortages and very low staff morale are affecting the school’s capacity to provide an acceptable standard of education.
"Those responsible for the school should take immediate action to strengthen leadership and staff capacity, including thorough training in subject knowledge and behaviour management so that pupils are taught effectively and well."…
Springfield House supports pupils aged four to 11 and had 98 children on the school roll at the time of the inspection….
While based in rural Solihull, it actually falls under the remit of neighbouring Birmingham City Council and supports youngsters who demonstrate "challenging behaviour" as a result of conditions such as autism and ADHD.