By the way, three quarters into my older daughter's community college career, she's yet to encounter anything "Rated R." They must've cleaned up their act after your boy(s) attended the same institution. It's been a hugely positive experience :-)
Thank the Lord for that, Jo!
I have heard some disturbing stories. I'm thankful that your daughter has had a more wholesome experience.
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:-) For some types of special needs public high school is not too bad. Various specialists assess, assess, assess some more, there's a big meeting where you get your input, and then the child is placed. If the child's needs warrant it, the child goes into an environment that is very similar to home school (small class size, multiple teachers, individualized learning). If the child can go to general education classes but needs a para-educator along, that creates a bubble of protection from the "general population" of students. If the child needs monitoring walking to and from the bus and is eligible for the "short bus,"* that creates a bubble of protection as well. There's a certain amount of "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" involved in parenting a special needs high school student, but for the most part, the school employees find it invigorating to deal with a parent who cares enough to speak up. If I had my druthers, I'd have my child home again in a heartbeat, I'd ditch academic subjects and she'd be doing tons of activities outside the home but that's impossible at this point.
* I use "long bus" as a derogatory term because the "long bus" kids who should be shamed for being so ill-behaved that a special needs child isn't safe with them.
That would be my biggest concern with the much-needed attention offered by public school for special needs students. Interacting with the "general population" can be dangerous!
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