SIMMONS: Government isn’t helping our children

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There are no guarantees, of course.

Changing a child’s behavior, including when they have special needs, isn’t easy — but there was a time.

There was a time when a rule was a rule, and that with few exceptions all children were taught to adapt to them.

That’s why there was a time when refrains like “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt” — well, hurt.

And why a water closet labeled “gentlemen” meant ladies not allowed.

And why “special” education didn’t refer to the dyslexic kid who was proficient in math and had excellent penmanship.

And why speaking Spanish at home and only English at school used to be considered bilingualism — a very good thing.

Syracuse educators already delivered the verdict on what lies ahead, telling The Post-Standard newspaper that the “school district welcomes this investigation” by state prosecutors.

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

There was a time.

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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