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) St Helens Star: New SPED school for social/emotional/mental health needs
Dec 23, 2020, St Helens Star: Plans for Penkford Special School at Red Bank unit in Newton
https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/18966007.plans-penkford-special-school-red-bank-unit-newton/(NW England) ST HELENS Council has drawn up plans for the £6.8m [$9.2M U.S.] redevelopment of a maintained special school at the former Red Bank unit site.
Back in September, cabinet members had approved proposals to relocate Penkford Special School in Wharf Road, Newton-le-Willows, to the former Red Bank education unit site….
Subject to planning approval and authorisation from the Charity Commission, a modern building would be constructed to improve the educational experience of some of the borough’s most vulnerable pupils that have a range of social, emotional or mental health issues….…However, the development of the Red Bank educational offers the opportunity to increase places from 55 to 65 and create a more therapeutic learning environment to support young people to improve their emotional wellbeing, promote independent self-regulation, and build relationships and positive social interaction….
If planning consent is given, work on the new school is expected to start in the summer of 2021.