I remember a time when new stories about the horrific and inhumane conditions at children’s mental health institutions were commonplace. Then, during the Reagan era, mainstreaming became the byword of the day. Well-intentioned professionals advocated for mentally disabled students to be educated in the public schools alongside their non-disabled peers. It seemed like a good idea at the time, integrating instead of isolating. But in many ways, the nation took an all or nothing approach, so that instead of having all mentally disabled students institutionalized, none of them were. That isn’t always a good idea, either. I look forward to the day when the United States can find a sane and reasonable middle ground.
Here’s an interesting article. It’s a about a college-level free-speech case, and it’s one of those situations where, after reading both the article and the comment trail, I can’t quite make up my mind what to think.
It’s common knowledge by this time that cigarettes are bad for you. Here’s yet another reason why.