Saturday, February 14, 2009

Autist-Unfriendly Canton

From Mother Jones:
In 1999, when Rob was 13, his parents sent him to the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, located in Canton, Massachusetts, 20 miles outside Boston. The facility, which calls itself a "special needs school," takes in all kinds of troubled kids—severely autistic, mentally retarded, schizophrenic, bipolar, emotionally disturbed—and attempts to change their behavior with a complex system of rewards and punishments, including painful electric shocks to the torso and limbs.
I am SO looking forward to seeing how these boots camps are going to work out. Hope the camps are better run than our own little Alcatraz. We've learned sweet bugger all from Milgram and Zimbardo, haven't we?