Yes this is a proper post for this group! I just saw a wooden, fully
automatic rubber band gun. I was wondering if anyone had plans for this
thing. Check out the video.
I really looks like a fun project. So if anyone could help.
What about dodge bean bag?
My son, a rough and tumble 11 year old, just finished grade six, the
last year at a school full of cowardly women teachers. No tackle football;
someone might get hurt. No floor hockey; someone might get hurt. No
climbing on the top monkey bar; someone might get hurt. He is so physically
repressed all day he can hardly learn a thing sitting with the little girls
following rules and not letting his limbs slip out of an imaginary box. So
most of the winter I walk to the hockey rink with him, where everyone's
equipped with weapons of wood, sharpened steel, hard cold rubber, and good
old common sense. Spring, summer and fall we take to the street together,
and okay, we watch for cars, but that's about it. I wonder what his
teachers would think of the stilts we made last week? My son measured and
drilled all the holes for the footrests and screwed it all together with the
power tool. Nobody got hurt. Sheesh.
I'd like to ban those tags they stick to apples. Man those are annoying!
- Owen -
Your sons teachers, or those directing them, know exactly what they
are doing. It is part and parcel of the feminist movement. It's one
of the reasons that girls so outnumber boys in our universities. Our
male children are being totally emasculated. If the boy does not
willing accept that emasculation he will be classified "hyperactive"
and drugged (Ritalin, et al) into the submissive behavior the
feminist/liberals seek. I wish there were more parents like you so
that I could hold out a bit of hope for our country.
I have some first hand experience with Ritalin. It does _not_ "drug one
into submissive behavior". It _can_ give one enough self control to get
even without getting caught though. Trust me on this, ADHD is real and it
sucks to live inside it.
I used to believe the same thing that you do. Then I found out first hand
what the stuff does.
Like all things, there is some truth to it. The problem is mis-use. A kid
does one thing in class and the teachers want him drugged to be docile.
Teachers and administrators don't want discipline (and don't know how) ,
they want kids that will just sit and be quiet because they don't know how
to handle them.
In our school system, 15% of the kids are labeled as "special needs" I
cannot accept that.
First, it is unlawful in many states for teachers to even suggest that a kid
be medicated. Second, if they want the kid to be "docile" Ritalin is not
the med to do it. Go down to Starbucks and have them lay out 20 or so
shots of espresso and drink one after another until you're starting to get
a little buzzed and you've got an idea of what it's like to be on a _very_
high dose of Ritalin, only the coffee is going to give you more side
effects and not last as long. Then ask yourself if that is the
prescription for making a kid "docile".
I'm sorry, but this "drugging our kids into submission" business is one of
my hot buttons. There may be meds that will make a kid "docile" and "sit
quietly" but unless the kid really does have a problem Ritalin is not one
You can "discipline" an ADHD kid until you're blue in the face and he won't
sit quietly and pay attention because he _can_ _not_ _do_ _it_. He may sit
quietly but the only way he can do that is to put his mind somewhere far
from the classroom.
You think the schools _want_ that? Every single "special needs" kid is a
sink into which piles of their scant resources get poured. Yes, there is a
little federal assistance that comes in. It doesn't come close to covering
the costs. Further, "special needs" != ADHD. Some kids with ADHD are also
special needs, others are not. Talk to some parents of ADHD kids and see
how hard they had to battle to get some help for the kid from the school if
you think that a diagnosis of ADHD automatically results in classification
as special needs.
Techers have suggested the child see a doctor, then the doctor prescribes
Ritalin. I've seen this in my family so I know it to be true, at least in
our school system.
I don't doubt you, but you are talking a true ADHD child, not one that has
just has poor parenting and no discipline at home and none is given in the
school either. Just give the kid a label and be done with him.
Again, I don't "think" anything. I've seen it. There are many things wrong
in most every school system. Part is the parents, part is the school, part
is the few teachers that are lazy and incompetent. With a little effort,
these kids would not be in the special needs section, they would be
mainstream and quite capable.
If the doctor doesn't find a problem then why does the doctor prescribe a
medication? Incidentally, due to the political incorrectness of Ritalin, a
new non-stimulant medication called "Strattera" is more commonly
prescribed. It has much the same primary effect but the side effects are a
bitch. But it's not one of those eeeeeeeevvvvvvviiiiiiilllllll stimulants.
And of course you can without ever seeing the kid determine that the problem
is poor parenting and no discipline at home while the physician who
examines him cannot.
What, specifically, have you seen?
Special needs kids get mainstreamed with IEPs, not put in a "special needs
section". Been that way ever since IDEA went through. You think that
"lazy teachers" _want_ to have to prepare a different lesson plan for each
kid in the class? Because that's what having special needs kids means
It was a couple of years ago, but the school nurse was also an influence.
Sure seems that way. We has some unruly kids in school, but we all got
through with no drugs. While there are some ADHD kids, it seems as though
there has been an explosion of them in recent years. Why is that
Lack of dicipline, teachers that do not know proper grammer and spelling
(I've actualy sent back teacher's notes with corrections on them) Teachers
for whom English is their second language trying to teach pronunciation of
English, forgeing accent included at no charge. Teachers that do not know
the subject matter, administrators that have no clue about administration,
budgets, purchasing, and other functions needed to operate a system with a
$15 million budget,
Maybe in your school In ours, the teacher does not teach both, nor do they
have multiple lesson plans. That is the job of the Special Ed teacher and
assistants. The lazy teachers just push off the marginal students to
Wrong. They do not sink R+D money into drugs that there is no market for.
They identify a potential product that can be marketed to address a problem
then they develope the product. Pharmaceutical comapanies may be guilty of
many things that we don't like, but they don't throw money into new products
that don't have a protential market that already exists.
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