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View Diary: A Reflection on Mental Illness from a Former High School Teacher (140 comments)

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    When I studied for my teaching credential in CA I was told that it was my responsibility to know which drug the Mother had taken that caused which symptoms in the child.  For example a crack baby could not tolerate loud noises.  I was to make sure that child stayed away from loud activities on the playground.  This was in the 1990's when the early grades had 30 plus children and volunteer aides.  There seemed to be no administrative support in the school where I volunteered.  It was too much for me.  How can anyone survive in the conditions you experienced?  The Charter School movement seems to me an end run around these unrealistic demands of the teacher by cherry picking students and especially not accepting "special needs" students.

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