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January 18, 2013

Bullying has been a hot topic for schools – remember Karen Klein, the bus monitor bullying– and today the New York City Schools had many fewer bus drivers because of a drivers’ strike and contract dispute. Also negotiations with the teachers union about teacher evaluations broke down and at midnight NYC misses the deadline to get $250 million of State money.

So now Bloomberg can blame the UFT for not having money for the school bus drivers? Is this Bloomberg’s last stand as he attempts to finish up by further breaking to the school unions? Is this Bloomberg’s version of humans vs zombies as he described?

See also “Solving Bus Strike’s Impact on Special Needs Students Isn’t Simple” by KJ Dell’Antonia

This school bus driver strike is firmly linked to autism and special needs. And there is a strong undercurrent of credibility issues and the overwhelming costs of special needs and the implications of new laws.

Meanwhile in Forbes: “Can People Really Grow Out Of Autism?” by Emily Willingham:

Do we view autism only as a clinical diagnosis based solely on behavior and outward function, or do we talk about it as a neurobiological construct and identification, with an understanding of the context of the hidden disability and the hard work that those outward behaviors require?

This is the same question kinds of questions for homosexuality but also for Turing tests for machine humanity and similarly for the balance sheets of struggling companies — are you a zombie can you fake being normal? Is the issue behavioral or neurobiological? Is this a fundamental epistemological question?! If the real answer is “yes both”, then do frames from either perspective become lies?

Maybe we could replace the school bus drivers with robot cars that drive themselves. Remember Mitt Romney didn’t value bus drivers either:

And for those conspiracy theorists among you: Yahoo! News: “Man who helped Sandy Hook kids is harassed by conspiracy theorists” by Dylan Stableford includes: “A school bus driver was standing over them, telling them things would be all right.”

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