A friend sent this on Facebook and asked that I post it:
Children with special needs don't have an illness, so they are not contagious. They want what we all want- to be accepted. Most of you probably won't copy and paste this. But will you do it and leave it on your status for at least one hour? It's special education week.... and this is in honor of all the kids who need a little extra help and understanding.
[Initially, I was gonna let that be it, trying to stay on the positive side of things. As usual, though, I came back to post the rest of what I was thinking.]
The braniancs whom we tend to think are the polar opposites of folks with special needs could learn some critical lessons from people who walk through life being routinely dissed and dehumanized by others.
If I have one more parent who failed to raise their kid and now believes they can deflect the glaring, breathing evidence of their parenting failure by talking about their kid's GPA, their perfect SAT scores, or what prep school/ivy league college/or joint law school-med school program they beat out 1 million others to get admitted to, I'm resorting to bodily harm!
If your kid has no friends, doesn't say please, excuse me, or thank you, curses you the parent to your face, and has no self-respect, the fact that she will one day wield a scalpel in surgery, or he will sell lies in a courtroom, or will become a corporate vulture raping hither and yon--none of this greases your parental path to salvation. All you've done is contributed another sociopath to the world.
So instead of automatically bowing down to "the smart kids" and treating "the kids with special needs" like kids who don't really matter, we adults--parents, teachers, preachers, etc.--can flip the script by cleaning up our act first.
Being "brilliant" is worthless if there's no heart or conscience to finish it off. That's just being Bill Clinton.