Frequent Morning Zen contributor Bill Lichtenstein is out with another excellent article in the Huffington Post about the ongoing struggle to wake the nation up to the continued abuse of seclusion and restraint taking place all across the country. You can review the efforts of an amazing group of parents who are championing this fight to learn more about the issue.
From the Huffington Post article:
- One year ago, I wrote an article for the New York Times exposing the use of physical restraints and isolation rooms with students in schools across the country, a practice I first learned about when we found my then-5 year-old daughter, Rose, locked in a closet where she had been confined almost daily over a three month period.
Rose, as I found out, was not alone. According to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education, nearly 40,000 students were restrained or isolated in seclusion rooms during the 2009-10 school year, with the majority of those having learning, behavioral, physical or developmental needs. African-American and Hispanic students were also disproportionately isolated or restrained.
These dangerous practices, I learned, can quickly get out of hand. Continue reading here.