Hi, Cindy. It's interesting. There are two sides to every coin, of course. My husband was educated in California, and the school system he attended put all blind students in a self-contained classroom. This infuriated me. I'm all for self-containment when a student needs it for whatever reason, but nothing makes me more upset than to hear kids are forced into that kind of sheltered environment for no other reason than that people just don't know how to deal with them so figure it'll be easier to have them all in one place. My husband grew up not knowing how to interact with sighted kids, not socializing with them. Besides that, he was academically deprived, and when he takes college courses, he's taking academic development classes...things he should have learned in high school but didn't. I think the academic development classes are great, but when he's forced to take them just because he wasn't properly taught when he should have been...don't get me started on the educational slights we sometimes go through! *grin* Take care. Julie Morales To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you need to be in their lives today. -- Unknown mercy421@xxxxxxxxxxx Windows/MSN Messenger (but not email): mercy0421@xxxxxxxxxxx ----- Original Message ----- From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 3:55 AM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT: Insensitive parents I just can't understand parents who are insensitive and/or unaware of their children's needs and feelings. I know you love your parents and realize that they love you, but ... At least you won't be that way with your own children or with others. It's not just parents of children who are blind or have limited vision or perhaps other disabilities. I had a friend--college-educated and then later an author of children's books--who you would think would know better--but when we were together once I heard her get angry and tell her son that she wished he'd never been born. How could she not know how that would hurt a child. And speaking of hurting children, here in California, I hear there is a move afoot--I think it's already being implemented--to mainstream special-ed kids. That's fine for kids who are not "slow"--who may have physical disabilities but who are equal mentally with others in the regular classes, but children, especially of the middle-school age, who need special help because of learning disabilites--how must they feel being in a class where they can't compete with the other children, of where they have an aide helping them when the other children don't. I think they'd feel much more comfortable getting the specials help they need in a classroom with others who are also getting help, and with a teacher who knows how to teach them and how to instigate feelings of self-worth. Forgive me, please, for sounding off. After talking about being sensitive to others' feelings, here I am castigating parents. Cindy __________________________________ Yahoo! FareChase: Search multiple travel sites in one click. http://farechase.yahoo.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.