While this may not seem to have to do with education, it does.
16 families have filed a federal lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act against Disney for changing their policy of allowing guests with disabilities to bypass the line and walk right up to the ride. The reason that Disney made the change is that the old policy had turned into a scam. People were hiring disabled persons so that they and their family could bypass the lines. Disney replaced this policy with a kiosk system that allows guests with disabilities to sign up for rides and get an appointed time at which they can bypass the line and ride. In both cases, the guests can bypass the lines, but with the new system they cannot ride immediately.
The plaintiffs charge (selfishly) that the new system requires the disabled person to wait, when in fact, the original issue was waiting in a line, not just waiting. The plaintiffs do not go on to say how these persons waited in the car, on the plane, or all the waiting that must inevitably go on getting to the park, in between rides, eating, sleeping, life, etc. etc. etc.
The comments at the end of the article are uplifting, especially those from families with disabled members and other ADA lawyers. They recognize that accommodations are not the same as *free passes*. Accommodations are just that, accommodations. They are not excuses or privileges to be abused. Nor should they be expected to change reality. In the Disney case, waiting is inevitable. An accommodation cannot overcome this. All it can possibly do is provide a means for the disabled person to overcome waiting.
Education is many times more political than Disney?s waiting situation and has much more fraud and *free passes* because of it. When that occurs, even the good intent becomes indiscernible from the bad. For example, 40 years ago, I had no idea that women sucked at math. My best math teacher was a woman, and I never saw any difference between the boys and girls in my classes, albeit there were more boys than girls in the math club and the highest scorers on competitive exams were mostly boys. But I never gave it any thought nor did I ever think that a girl in my class didn't appreciate mathematics the way I did, even if it wasn?t their obsession. But I?ll be honest, today, when I come across a woman mathematics professor talking about mathematics or math education and I visit her blog or site I am appalled. There is nothing mathematical in their postings, and this seems to be the majority of women in mathematics today, or at least the majority of the visible ones. The quotas ! and the free passes in colleges have essentially created the perception that women suck at mathematics, and I am certain that the girls in my classes back then would agree. The colleges invented a perception that didn?t even exist and then instituted quotas to overcome that perception, and as a result made that perception very real and very damaging. It is depressing. I can?t imagine what it must be like to be a girl that likes mathematics with all of that politics and tokenism going on. If she was your daughter I suppose that you would have to teach her about politics and quotas as well as mathematics. To know the difference between groups portraying more women in mathematics and groups just portraying more mathematics.