Couldn`t you just get the kids to sew cushions for the local temple? That way the practioners get a comfortable session, you get a pat on the head from your roshi and the kids wipeout years of their negative karma.
----- Original Message ---- From: Charlie <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thursday, 21 February, 2008 10:55:38 PM Subject: [Zen] Re: Are Retarded Kids Sentient Beings Cynth <wrote:> What bothers me the most is the attitude that somehow those who have developmental disabilities are considered as less than human > I used to feel the same as you do, but I work in the public school system, and the Union Steward told us that there are certain classes where less is expected, and we are not to stand out because it makes the other teachers look bad. Physical Education, Special Ed, and the Arts and Crafts classes are basically classes where a lot of subbbing happens because most of the time the teachers that get assigned to those classes are there due to substance abuse issues. They take a lot of time off and that gives other teachers a chance to make extra money. However, if you hot-dog it, then you might get assigned the class permanently and that ruins if for everyone else. We make good money on Overtime, and nobody wants to rock the boat. I used to feel sorry for the poor kids, but now I realize that the less educated they are, the more funds that they qualify for from the social workers that help the parents. So it is a Win-Win situation. ___________________________________________________________ Yahoo! Answers - Got a question? Someone out there knows the answer. Try it now. http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/