(An article by a parent. Summarized by Mrs. C for your consideration.)
"My daughter has Down's Syndrome, so she's more special than your dyslexic child. I'm a self-proclaimed expert and I have declared that nine times out of ten, your kid's label is a sham. He should go to a 'normal' school. Oh, yeah, I know they've been evaluated by a doctor and all... but I know better. And I know for a fact that the schools are colluding with the physicians so that the schools can get a lot of money. I also make sure to use the word 'normal' many times in my article because I know how well that goes over in the disability community, being so knowledgeable and all.
You just nevermind that MY kid costs a lot of money to educate. I'm upset that it costs a lot of money to send YOUR kid to a special school and give your child special help. That means less cash for the people I'VE decided are truly disabled to get the help they need.
I've also, through my not-acquired-in-medical-school but still somehow godlike knowledge, been gracious enough to tell you that dyslexia, ADHD, conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder? It's all stuff that's pretty well made up. Or I would have thought so until I started reading about it last week. Because I'm ignorant and have never heard of these terms before, it must all be some sort of scam between the school and your physician. I'll even say that your little Suzie might not be the brightest button in the box, but so what, go deal with it and quit asking for special help for your stupid kid. Just don't say that back to me about MY kid or you'd be dissing people with real special needs and that wouldn't be nice.
Oh, well, anyway... I have enough knowledge to be featured in the Mail Online. With a picture and a byline, thankyouverymuch. I am awwwwesommme."
WOWWWW. Did you click that link? Could you almost feel the hate? Do you think there might be other ways to convey the thought that more severe needs ought be funded at a higher level than less severe special needs? I think we all understand that, say, a more severely autistic child like Woodjie is going to cost WAY more to educate than a child who just needs a little extra reading practice. Do you have to totally rake the families of the "extra reading" kids over the coals like that to make your point?
And does seething disgust like that make a real point in the marketplace of ideas, or does this article come off as jealous and snippy?