So I already got all up in arms against Oprah.com calling my son “creepy” and “weird” because of his autism. And then I got mad at the doctors rejecting a boy who needed a heart because of his autism. But now a politician from Alaska wants to stop some children (does he mean those with autism, perhaps?) from getting a public education.
Mark Ewing, running for a new state House seat (thanks to some redistricting) was asked about the budget at a debate. As was reported by the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, “Ewing answered first, pointing out that the largest piece of that budget goes to the Department of Health and Social Services.” Ewing pointed out, “We need to look at these big pieces of pie that we’re funding and try a way to reduce spending.” Which is a good point, right? But then he went on…he explained where cuts should be made:
“I got to be honest with you, I am not in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act. We are spending millions and millions of dollars educating children that have a hard time making their wheelchair move and, I’m sorry, but you’ve got to say, ‘no’ somewhere. We need to educate our children, but there are certain individuals that are just not going to benefit from an education.”
Yeah. That’s what he said. (He did try to deny it, but the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman was kind enough to put up an audio clip of him saying it…)
So how is this any different from anything that’s come before? It’s not. It’s just another attempt by someone to control someone else that they don’t feel is “worthy.” I’d love to see Hawking respond to Ewing. Maybe we can compare their IQs and see which one “benefited” most from their education.