As a Special Educator, I am constantly inundated with stats.... 1 in 4 kids this and 1 in 5 kids that.
Here's a fact to ponder: many needs (mainly those that fall on the Autism Spectrum) are considered to have no known origin. There's no cause. (Yes, I am aware of the theories.... I'm getting to that)
Yet, Autism, and other special needs, have been called an epidemic and projections have its rate amplifying yet.
So, here's all I'm saying, either these "need epidemics" have always been this prevalent and the stigma is just thinner~ enough to where we talk about them more, or there is a cause ~ our lifestyles!
We shovel so much poison into our children and our system from day one: we let these screens (computers, TVs...) train up our young, we're tricked by GMO's (and of course the healthiest, purest food is most costly), and we rely more and more on texting in place of genuine social interactions .
"Get down from your soapbox, Karen," I can hear my best friend saying.
Okay, I will. But indulge me just a second longer and find out what sparked this philosophizing moment.
Today I was munching a carrot at work and one of my students innocently and sincerely asked, "What is that?" Further conversation-- & they'd never tried a carrot (or brocolli, or green beans, or...)
So maybe its time we all Veg Out.
(photos: my eggplant, carrots-from our garden, peppers from a local farmer, and raddishes we grew.... Grow food, not lawns)