From: Scott Royall
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005
Subject: RE: For What It’s Worth
Much of what you say is true. In other
cases, though, it is the educators themselves who become the bottleneck. Apathy
is just one reason. Ignorance and misunderstanding are among the others. I can
tell you about the speech pathology director who lamented the challenge she had
simply convincing the teachers to teach reading to disabled children. The
teachers saw no point in it. No, this wasn’t in Houston.
Of course my point is that obstacles to
true inclusion of the Disabled are everywhere. I don’t know that it will
ever really happen. All people like me can do is keep pounding that wall in
hope of making things better someday.
The problem today is the focus on self.
It’s not just the family, or the schools, or any other single aspect.
It’s everything together.
I would like your permission to put your
comments in my blog.
By the way, I had a half-brother who was
gay so I know by close experience that sexual orientation is NOT a matter of
choice. You see homosexuality more today because murder has become less
acceptable as a form of “treatment.”
From: Dianne [.]
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:07
To: Scott Royall
Subject: Re: For What It’s Worth
Good for you. I think once you meet the people and see
how much they actually care about the students, you might have a little more
understanding of their goals and the reasons behind their system. Money
is always an issue. Parents are nearly always an issue even in the
Special Education Department. More times than not, the school is
pushing the parents to get involved. Sometimes when parents get involved,
they have unreal expectations. The elementary schools usually get the
brunt of unreal expectations and suffer through the grief of the parents
coming to terms with their children’s disability.
Schools are a tough environment to survive. Five years
is the average burn-out time for new teachers. Fewer people are
going into education for some of those same reasons. The lay person would
not believe what schools endure. They cannot choose their students and
parents, they have to deal with what comes through their doors and that is
often a very ugly thing.
Special Education has come a long way in the last few years.
Special Education is actually one of the better places to
Scott, while I wish you well and support your efforts, I do
not support you criticism of schools in general. It is easy to set on the
sidelines and very articulately state what you think you see. It is quite
something else to get on the inside and see what is really happening and figure
out how to change it. I know you are trying to do this and I appreciate
you for it. School people are abused by others regularly and yet they
continue to do the job they have to do. Most of them are extremely
dedicated and work far and above what they earn. Some are extremely
bright and could do so much better in a different setting.
I worked in schools back when things were better. I
have watched what has happened to families and students and schools. It
is not pretty and it is not the fault of educators. I know
there are exceptions because educators are humans. All-in-all you will
not find a better group of people when it comes to dedication, honesty, and
I just had to say these things. I am sickened by what
has happened to families and children in our society. I almost killed
myself (not exaggerating) trying to hang on and endure the education
environment. It was not the people, it was the influence of society on
children, parents and the bourdon it puts on schools.
I could talk for hours and curl your hair on the truths in
public schools. One example was a student physically much like you,
Scott. He came to my school in Stafford.
His mother rolled his much-too-small wheel chair out to the street in the
morning and left him unattended while she went to work. He arrived at
school with roaches in his mouth and ears. This had to be checked in the
nurse’s office each day. He was soiled and she changed him. He was
hungry and she fed him. He was thirsty and she and the teachers gave him
liquids. When he was sick, he came anyway. Child Protective
Services refused to help. Mother would not follow through on any
referrals. It was a mess.
It would be wonderful if there were enough speech
therapist. They are going into higher paying private practice and
hospital work leaving schools short handed in dealing with communication
needs. The legislature has the power to increase salaries and pay scales,
yet, tax payers have to be able to afford their taxes. The problems go on
and on and the solutions do not. I personally think schools need to be
totally re-organized with more responsibility going to parents. The old
way of maintaining large buildings and massive staff is not working.
Society has to go back to caring about morals, values and education. Most
of the children have no father and many have numerous siblings with different
fathers. They have mothers that do not care and never finished high
school. Sex is a sport starting in middle school. You are expected
to have sex and having babies is praised by your peers. Homosexuality is
growing and being practiced widely in middle school. Knowing this, pay
attention to television and the views being raised up to these young
people. Morals are laughed at. Sex is the main theme. The
general media is much the enemy of our society.
They care about ratings and money. Sex and violence
Scott, I have read your e-mails explaining much of you
theories and ideas. I just wanted to share some of mine.
I admire you for not stopping in life and participating as
you do. I see that Xpress makes that possible. Please be patient
and persistent in your endeavors. Please do so with some understanding of
how the problems can overwhelm the best of solutions and the best of
people. You will like the people in Alief. They are wonderful.