I learned from Elizabeth, one of my favorite bloggers, that another resident and politician from Wasilla is now making news. And not in a good way if you live in Maggie's world or any advanced society. Mark Ewing is running for some statewide office in Alaska and in addition to saying how much he loves the smell of burning coal (?) he had this to say about special education:
My favorite line of the article is this:
"Ewing did not elaborate if the disabled children should be left at home or abandoned and left to die in the wilderness, as animals must do in nature. Clearly, he has dismissed the notion that civilized societies have a responsibility for all their citizens." Read the whole article here
The author references Stephen Hawking as an example of one who cannot move his wheelchair, noting that Hawking was not disabled as a child. I love references to Stephen Hawking. Maggie may not be a genius in physics (but then again she might be and I don't recognize it because I am definitely not a physics whiz) but like Hawking, Maggie cannot move her own wheelchair.
If Mr. Ewing or someone of his ilk were in charge Maggie would not get to be educated. Maggie is smart as a whip, funny, engaging, entertaining and mischievous. Why on earth would we ever want to educate her and develop these characteristics?
Fortunately, the Ewing troglodytes* of the world are not in charge and God willing, he will lose the election for whatever office he seeks and slink back into whatever coal filled cave from whence he crawled.
Maggie has attended school and has received an education. Because of that education she has learned to overcome her profound physical disabilities and can communicate with her dynavox. Maggie has a voice, albeit computerized, that she got from her education.
I don't think I can post what she would have to say about Mr. Ewing, though.
This is a family site.
. *my apologies to any troglodytes who do not share Mr. Ewing opinion.