Friday, September 24, 2010

I Hear Quacking

You may have heard this saying before: If something walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.

I really like it. To me it's about cutting through the nonsense that people spew to distract you from their bad behavior... or to get you to sanction it... or something...

I have written before about the phrase "trust me."

Well, this week I have heard two more to add to my list of warning phrases.

The first was said by a teacher about a child whose needs are not being met in his classroom:

"But we LOVE Bobbie!"

Quack! (Then do what he needs!!)

The second?

"This isn't political."

This was said...

 in NY.

By.  A.  Politician.

I know, I couldn't stop laughing either! Quack, quack, QUACK!!!!

I don't know the ins and outs of that situation, but it seems that one net effect will be removing a large group of people with disabilities from a person-centered model of care and putting them into the medical/agency model.

The only good thing is that these people have been empowered by years of self-determination. They may be in a position to push  these agencies to drastically improve their services--I hope they will accept nothing less!

Picture by Alexander Kinks from here.


Karen R said...

Couldn't agree more!!! My favorite saying is by my son's ex-principal "He can't have a learning disability because he can learn." Excuse me, but isn't that what a LD is! of course he can learn he just needs the info presented in a way that works for him!!

Terena said...

so true.