Thursday, January 03, 2013

Bennett Report Card 2012: New Brunswick Hides Denial of Evidence Based Learning for Children with Autism and Severe Learning Disabilities Under Cloak of Radical Inclusion Philosophy

In Scares, Misadventures, and Reversals in Canadian K-12 Education Paul W. Bennett, Founding Director, Schoolhouse Consulting; Instructor, Mount Saint Vincent University; author, provides his 2012 report card on the state of education in Canada. There were some hopeful signs including the landmark decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the Moore case in which the Court ruled that BC school board: 

"had discriminated against a dyslexic child who was not given adequate help to attain literacy. “Adequate special education is not a dispensable luxury,” Judge Rosalie Abella ruled. “For those with severe learning disabilities, it is the ramp that provides access to the statutory commitment to education made to all children in British Columbia.”"

There were also some not so positive signs including the Ontario education meltdown, still underway, and the dominance of radical, everyone in the regular classroom inclusion philosophy under the current Alward-Carr government influenced heavily by Gordon Porter:

"Plight of the Severely Learning Disabled and Autistic Children 

Somewhere between 2 and 4 per cent of all school children and teens, numbering from 2,100 to 4,200 in New Brunswick, are reportedly struggling with serious learning challenges, while served mostly in inclusive regular classrooms. During a 2012 five-year provincial review of Inclusive Education, Harold L. Doherty of Facing Autism in New Brunswick lambasted the radical inclusionist review co-chair Gordon Porter for abandoning autistic and severely learning disabled kids by denying them access to intensive, research-based intervention strategies and programs. His legitimate concerns and those of the New Brunswick Learning Disabilities Association (LDNB) fell mostly on deaf ears."

In the Alward-Carr-Porter education department successful training of Education (Teacher) Assistants by the recognized UNB-CEL Autism Training Program was replaced by an in house model that had been rejected 6 years earlier by the Autism Society New Brunswick in repeated, sometimes intense, meetings with government leaders.  In its place is  a model of in house training (why not train all teachers in house, if its good enough for students with severe autism disorders why aren't in house trained teachers good enough for all students?) In house training is subject to competing demands, adult interests such as those present in union seniority provisions, budget financial constraints etc. work against the best interests of the child in in house training models.  

Next target for the radical inclusion philosopher kings in NB's department of education is likely to be all individualized education arrangements in NB schools and the resource centers that allow students with special challenges to meet in a comfortable environment where resource teachers and assistants can help them start and finish their days and ensure a true sense of friendship,  belonging .... and personal security

1 comment:

Cynthia Bartlett said...

In light of all the other NBCL links to policy directives when it comes to lack of appropriate services for Adults with Autism, it seems that a freeze on te "Elite" programme at Key industries. This was the only one on one programme availble in the province, which was individualised in nature and successful for our higher needs adult children. What else is left to slam we parents over the head with? Who are we to expect, in their eyes, what is human and right? The fate of our adult childrenwill be one that is isolatory, non- developmental and outrageously inhuman. The direction which drives anti autistic policies is on the head of the civil service, the legislature, and mostly the NBACL.