Roberta. I donīt know if I can answer your questions and neither do I have
a solution for this big problem that violence and guns are.
>Please share what works in your schools, what do you do for your troubled
>kids >and do you have parent cooperation. In my rural school parents are
>allowed to >refuse that their "special needs" kids be tested - some say "I
>was a special >ed. kid and I won;t let my child be one too" this even
>when the child hates >school, is failing and disruptive. So what do you
>see different in your >countries approach and ours. Are we too permissive
>- that is my first >thought.
I think I can say we have good parent cooperation in our schools and we
certainly try to help our troubled kids. We use inclusion and try not to
make it too obvious that kids are "special needs" and certainly they all
get tested but then we try to make them feel really a part of their group.
I donīt know what you mean by "too permissive", we are considered too
permissive with our children in Iceland but I think one cannot really
compare these things. Your culture is in most cases different from ours
even though there are similarities like the fact that both countries were
built by people that left their homes to find a place where they could more
free. But an important difference is also we have very strict gun laws and
even our police do not carry guns. I donīt know why it is but we have very
very few murders in our country but yet crime is increasing somewhat so the
times and way of life today maybe have something to do with this.
As some of you have mentioned I do think we need to change human beings and
that is not an easy task. We must try to foster kindness and a way for our
children to sort out their differences without violence.
Peace and love from the far north,
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