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  •  And I support (6+ / 0-)

    anyone who does that, and agree that we are far too willing as a society to discard those with disabilities.  I've been around plenty of Down syndrome and it doesn't scare me.  But there are things far, far worse, and i suspect neither of us would presume to tell someone in that situation what to do.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 08:38:44 PM PDT

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    •  Hydrocephalus... (1+ / 0-)
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      is no more far, far worse.  My quibble...

      the most important factor whether students succeed is not their skincolor or their ZIP code or their parents' income - it is the quality of their teacher

      by princss6 on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 04:08:16 AM PDT

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      •  I disagree, hydrocephalus is worse (2+ / 0-)

        Babies with hydrocephalus die within hours of birth in terrible pain.  If they live to the ripe old age of two, they do so by destroying the lives of their relatives as well.

        Down's Syndrome is another matter entirely.  Living as a child your whole life (two people with Down's Syndrome even got married recently) is much much different from dying in horrible agony or dying in horrible agony after causing several other people to live in agony.

        Hydrocephalus is much more "far, far worse" (sic) than Down's Syndrome. There is just no comparison between the two.

        •  Tell that to my 3 yr old nephew... (0+ / 0-)

          born with hydrocephalitis.  He is a hoot!  Actively, smart as a whip, full of personality.  It wasn't detected in him  until he was 5 and 1/2 months old and went into a severe crisis.  

          I've got a cousin with Down's Syndrome, too.  The nephew with hydrocephilitis can live an independent life.  It is unlikely that my cousin ever will.

          the most important factor whether students succeed is not their skincolor or their ZIP code or their parents' income - it is the quality of their teacher

          by princss6 on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 12:55:11 PM PDT

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