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Lamar Alexander to Become the Next Secretary of Education at The Expense of Children with Autism

Updated on October 31, 2011

Lamar Alexander


Discrimination on US National Education

As unbelievable as it sounds it looks as if Lamar Alexander will make his bid to replace the current Secretary of Education and join the Obama administration. I find this to be a most bizarre move on behalf of the Obama administration since funding the solar companies while taking money from Oil interest to finance his campaign.

Lamar Alexander among other things co-authored the disastrous “No Child Left Behind” bill with John Boehner that completely and totally discriminated against disabled children in America. President Obama has repealed that bill and has replaced it with “Race to the Top” yet another discriminatory bill. I guess if the goal is to discriminate by President Obama he couldn’t have picked a better person for the job then Lamar Alexander as Lamar has a long history.

It would seem the politicians have finally found something they can agree on in Washington DC which is to discriminate against disabled children in federal education programs. Wow, DC agrees to rip off the crippled children of the USA? What has this country come to?

Of course, this like so many other bad policies is a choice on behalf of Barack Obama. I guess the perception of working together is more important then actually providing services to America’s most vulnerable population. It would seem DC still has the same priorities. They still insist on doing the exact same thing and expecting a different result. It is clear they are all addicts there.

Lamar Alexander is old and frail and he has seen to many winters on the tax payers dime. He needs to retire. No Child Left Behind was a disastrous educational policy for this country and the differences between No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top are minimal and not at all for children with Autism. Neither program has any scientific valid data supporting them as good policies especially for children with Autism. And Autism is growing in this country exponentially. It is the social and educational crisis of this era and to ignore this population and continue to socially isolate them so they never develop social skills which are critical to their survival is discriminatory, neglectful and exceptionally expensive.

A choice could be made and President Obama could embrace all Americans even the disabled ones.

After all when he ran people gave him a chance. Now why wouldn’t he want to just as generous to others as they have been to him?

So if anyone out there has President Obama’s ear ask him to embrace children with special needs specifically those with Autism and give them an equal chance at the American Dream like he has had. It would only be fair. And Lamar Alexander will not bring him closer to that goal but further away from it. As far as I am concerned Lamar Alexander should spend the rest of his life working as teacher’s aid in a self contained Varying Exceptionalities (VE) classroom with severely disabled children to understand just how damning “No Child Left Behind” has been to the disabled population.

In Conclusion

President Obama has a choice to embrace all Americans and lead this country or continue to fake the perception of bipartisanship in DC. We all are aware JEB is running. So now the question is how Barack Obama wants to go out like a lion or a lamb? Fighting for all Americans even those who are the most vulnerable with Autism or in the slick Persian Bizarre manner he has run his campaigns, his associations and his executive orders? I would want to leave leading. But the choice is President Obama's.


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    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Red,

      Specifically, Lamar Alexander co-authored the

      "No Child Left Behind" whihc specifically released schools from their requirements to educate "severely impaired children" andnit was based on false or cooked data by one Dr. Patricia Mathes. I know I worked on the research part of the study and I still have all the copies of the data collection sheets and the minutes from the research meetings.

      Specifically the governemnt made the decision to defund our children based on c0ooked data and I also blew the whistle to the entire congress and they did absolutely nothing. So goodbye Congress.

      We need representation in DC.

      I suggest we cut the budget on DC and fire all those bums.

      Stay Strong because it is all about to turn. I home school also only because I know not only has the governemnt stolen all the educational funds for war fromt he disabled but they have stolen fromt he general education system now as well. So schools are failing because the have been defeunded for war. Not exactly how this country is set up to operate.

      Time to send new leadership to DC which will address the needs of the autistic childrenin our society who have been completely ignored for so long while hand outs are given to foreingers in this country every single day. This government spends more money on inmates then they do one education in one year.

      And they wonder why the prison are over run?


    • Ann Marie Dwyer profile image

      Red Dwyer 

      7 years ago from Crandall, TX


      Frankly, the only reason I continue to support the ignorance argument is my own fault. Like so many parents, I homeschool my two youngest autistics...wholly attributable to the lack of viable alternate solutions. The public school system is woefully unequipped (even for average ed, much less special ed), and private institutions offer more of the educational same, albeit in appropriate residential settings.

      Due to my cloistering, my children's statistics are not measured, and the lack thereof necessarily affects the information upon which legislative changes are made.

      I did, however, impress my local statesman by bringing my youngest to his office for our appointment to discuss local autistic protection laws on the ballot. His first introduction to his "constituent" was an eye-opener. I bluntly pointed out my child would be in a position to vote one day, education or not.

      Americans would rather shut away all those who do not squarely sit in their perception of "normal", a subjective term regardless of opiner. FAPE does nothing to address it because, even in the words of the law, the schools are given a pass if they cannot bear the financial brunt of offering what is needed. Time has long since come to take off the gloves, dispense with the thinking which spawned NCLB and protect our most valuable assets...our children.


    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hello Red,

      I would argue it was a bit more malicious then ignorance. Autism is an ignored unfunded condition. You are right of course children don't vote but there parents do and the numebr of parenst with children with autism is growing exponetially. I worked with children with autism in special Eductaion before I had a child with Autism and I was also working on my PhD and a lot mroe is known about how to successful educate children with autism then the government is willing to fund. And the majority of the information is being housed in the academic institutions and not provided to the children who are entitled to a FREE AND APPOPRIATE EDUCATION.

      It is really sad.


    • Ann Marie Dwyer profile image

      Red Dwyer 

      7 years ago from Crandall, TX

      I think the failure of the education system to educate autistic children is symptomatic of ignorance. Until someone meets an autistic person, the disorder is merely amorphous and incomprehensible. Even today, amongst those certified to treat autistic persons, I am forced to educate therapists and instructors on the flaws in their methodology relative to the unique learning style and inabilities of my autistic children.

      Politics has never cared for children. In short, they cannot vote and cannot contribute to campaigns: In blunt terms, irrelevant.

      Thanks for writing, Red.

    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi graceomalley,

      I worked on the research behind "No Child Left Behind" and quite frankly on the inside the response is always do nothing with them. Don't educate children with Autims is it is a waste of money and it is much more glamorous to buy the football team new jerseys.

      It is not a Democrat or Republican issue but it is a broke Washngton DC issie. The worst part is we knwo how to help children with Autism and 99.999% of the time that is excatly where the budget gets cut by both parties. Shame on them.

      Thank you for reading, commenting and providing feedback. I don't think we should send anyone else to DC untl they are willing to start to do the hard work.

      All My Best,


    • graceomalley profile image


      7 years ago

      Autism is growing as you stated - it will be a major issue for the next few generations at least. How and to what extent will they integrate the autistic, and how will they care for those severely affected? One rarely hears of future plans for this sizable part of the next generation.


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