Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Horrific story about Rotenberg Center

I picked up "Mother Jones" on the newstand; its cover story this month is this place called "The Rotenberg Center." Schools and parents in New York and other states are sending "problem" children to this place for one-size-fits-all shock therapy.

The children lug around backpacks that have the chargers inside them and electrodes are fastened to their bodies.

There are no drugs and no psychology to find out what causes their behavior; just the use of what are referred to as "adversives."

The situation described in this article is truly horrifying. And no one is watching out for these children. If this was Abu Ghraib or the School of the Americas there'd be a groundswell of activism demanding that the place be shut down -- but for these kids, there is absolutely nothing. Anytime anybody tries, many of the children's own parents mobilize to undermine their efforts.

I have absolutely no idea what it's like to be the parent of a problem child and I try to put myself in their shoes but all I can think of is how vulnerable it is to be "different". What if it was me or someone I love who was sent to a place like that because someone was tired of dealing with us?

Originally posted to DailyStrength.org

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Outstanding Media Coverage of Public Education

To “Professional Awards,” I can add Outstanding Media Coverage of Public Education, presented by the Association of California School Administrators to the Clear Lake Observer American. The newspaper and I were nominated for the award by Dr. Louise Nan, superintendent of the Konocti Unified School District.