I can only speak from my expierience and my educationaexperiences for my self and my children. My kids school situation has been incredibly difficult until we got them the help that they needed. I am not saying that we are on a easy road but learning how to advocate for their needs helps tremendously. I wish each kid came with their own guide book but after years I do have more knowledge and understanding of what works and what doesn’t.
In the school of question all three of my kids went there. My boys went to this calm room and my daughter saw it but never had to go. My oldest went there several times 8 years ago and at the time I didn’t question the professional thinking they had more expierience with these unruly behaviors but questioning him now since this has come up he said he was scared and hit and kicked the door. My younger son said he just used his time to sleep and it didn’t bother him. Effective for one not so for the other. The law states that an adult must be in there. Now let’s have say an adjustment counselor in there helping them to resolve issues, give the child more tools to put into their tool box so when problems arise in the future as they inevitably will they can access this knowledge. This can’t be done by sticking a kid in solitary confinement ! Hello! These kids will grow up and be a part of our community! I think we need to treat them likely and and teach them how to be civilized good world citizens.
I read an article that the advocate put out about Holyoke schools and abuse against special needs students! This is our most fragile growing sector of our communities. Another recent case of abuse was exposed in Northampton school.
I understand how difficult it is to parent and teach kids with developmental issues. There are too many situations happening that need to be overhauled so we can get back to learning. One comment left said well what about these kids that are coming from abusive homes or poor nutrition or or or. They still deserve education and to feel safe. And because they may come from abusive poor homes does not mean we can let the schools get away with abusive behavior too. Corporal punishment went away for a reason.
What about an overhaul of the system thT is ineffective and not working? Stop teaching to test and teach for the love of learning! Let’s face it the teachers hate it and so don’t the kids! That could be the cause of rising problems in education! Trying to fit everyone in a box how about filling those boxes withe dirt and planting seeds and watching them grow?
Leverett schools took my youngest son who had gotten way out of control in Newton street schools and had a host of in resolved educational problems and helped. They were amazing! They got him a Nuero psych, a behavior consultation from a psychiatrist and put into place an I e p that helps him to this day! They taught me how to advocate for him what works well for him. He learns best in a small classroom.
Some parents have said that we don’t know how to parent we don’t beAt the kids… The list goes on. With all the rising environmental toxins and poor education that doesn’t fit our kids unlimited technology doesn’t help we do look to the professionals to do the right thing. I guess we are all at a loss if we don’t solve these problems as children grow and become independent adults without having the ability to solve problems. They are looking to self medicate to numb pain and creating more problems in our community.
again, I will happily paint a mural and or donate a dream catcher for this calm room at Hill crest school. Let’s be part of the solution not part of the problem!!
! There are a lot of really mean people in this world my goodness!!! I am not even going to respond to them personally because it takes to much time and energy and I would rather feed into a positive solution than go to war with here is only a couple: turtle boy who had to resign from his position as a history teacher because he sexually harassed woman at a Patriots game. Turtle boy ( don’t turtles hide from everything?) who posted pics of myself and friends and customers as if he knows us! Taking absolutely everything out of context as if I write everything personal on my Facebook page lol or Cindy who I went to school with who never birthed any children from her own womb and I had to unfriend from my face book for her racist rants and name calling. I am getting terribly hurtful publicity for posting pictures you would not even believe the the harassment!
This is not about me but the dozens if not hundreds of people who have been effected by this room
this picture was taken on Monday after the superintendent went on line to say it doesn’t exist. Ok so what you are seeing here in this photo is not real. Nor did they add a few pillows which did not stop this parents child from sustaining multiple concussions. I have heard from kids aged from 5-7 /12-16/ 20’s. That were put in the calm down room and it has had adverse effects for the long term. Most states this is illegal for a child to be isolated without an adult social adjustment counselor to help them move past these challenging behaviors. This is a community where we trust the professionals to be professional and to know. Yes children can come from all different backgrounds with all kinds of socioeconomical statuses and behavior challenges that need help overcoming their challenges to become successful world citizens? What can we do with this failing school system that has no money? What can we all do to be part of the solution and not part of the problem? Let’s stop deflecting from the issues and make our community a better place to live. What can you do?
My goodness where this journey has taken me wp fam! I had no idea!!! I am so thankful to keep pushing my arts farther and farther than what I have ever done before. Through out the years of working hard for the love of art. To see this all wrapped up and being put into an interactive book where people will be able to access poetry with their five senses, see, touch, and feel, listen and taste….hmmm don’t have that one covered yet but can if we add some ben and jerry’s…thank you for watching, sharing and supporting this journey and being a part of it…. I love
My Quantum poetry is like
that moment you get to a lake
after a hot day.
The traffic was rediculous,
You worked outside all day
You really wanted a drink,
to kick your shoes off and do nothing all night.
Except listen to your waterfalls and crickets around a fire.
Here at the lake…
Water sparkles beckoning me to the center.
My quantum poetry is like
a million thoughts in that one moment
summing up the completion of a lifetime
this and last; good and bad energy and raising vibes.
My quantum poetry is like that water
still and cool to the touch as I paddle to the center.
Tree’s and mountains completely surrounding me
as I balance and do yoga totally present in the moment.
focused on everything to balance
as the sun penetrates my skin.
My Quantum poetry is like the breath.
As I slowly move through all the poses
in my practice.
I am keenly aware
of my inhalation keeping my center.
Gravity is the matrix
of energy I regulate
one pose is going to send me over the edge.
Totally saturated in the middle of the lake,
in the middle of Giai’s womb.
My quantum poetry is like my quantum spirituality
educated and ravious in finding balance.
Illuminating the darkness
covering my soul like a patchwork quilt
picking patches of what feels good
to keep my warm
giving me something I can feel.
Meditating as I sew it all together
knotting each wish as
we are stardust.
we are our own shooting stars
as our conciousness is fleeting
I am so close to the end of this project. I can almost see the light.
When I first began it started with a simple idea. Ohh you want me to put together a book? I can do that. And so it was….
Than I thought mmmm, wouldn’t it be cool if I turned it all into video’s and had a soundtrack for the whole thing so I can make it interactive like the first one but more. ….
oh but I don’t really want people to hear me, just my words.
I want people who have never had any expierience with poetry to be a part of it and fully emersed before they realize…
Anyway piece by piece this has formed into a way of life over the past year; Collecting art, artists, and video’s.
For better or worse I have been able to really rage these ideas.
I am so blessed to have found friends that I am so absolutely inspired by.
As I make the video’s that will one day be an interactive book but now hang out on youtube I get stuck in translation.
Then I remember something amazing that someone posted days, weeks or even years later and I have been blessed with so much cooperation with this project. and the ability to make it happen.
I have learned so much and continue on a daily basis making things work. I decided I have to because noone else can do it for me. nor would they even know where to begin…
IF only all this would lead to financial stability! For now tho I am totally in awe of where this is going and I couldn’t have planned this if I tried.But know that I know where it is going…. Watch out because I am on a mission:)
I want to share everything that I have been gifted with…
Here is my song for today let me know what you think of it
Writing an insightful song to infiltrate
the minds of humans
& well meaning beings
starting fires in your soul
lighting the darkside
and mindful habits
Zeroing the production of waste
Minimizing coperate greed.
We all have our ways
of lying to ourselves
and deriving pleasure from pain
Filling our minds with positive vibrations
and the magik of creation
this Tribal Gypsy
dances on the graves
of descended masters kissing the fate of all I encounter
With a universal matrix of energy
Healing mama Giai