Ok, I just got a job at Head Start, mostly on the bus, but I also have to sub in the classroom. The last time I was in the classroom I was shocked at how little things could get done and how many kids got hurt because of three particular children who obviously have special needs and an inability to not hurt people. Combined with that, they use "Conscious Discipline" which means you can't punish/discipline the children since they are only four years old. It is quite a trip. Child #1 is obviously autistic from the screaming, to the obsessing, to his getting violent when asked to transition, to his spaciness and lack of contact with others, to everything. I've been around enough Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) kids to spot 'em. But his diagnosis. is ADHD...haha. I like this child a lot, but when he gets upset (and nobody in the classroom understands him) he freaks out and throws dangerous items at the other children. This is very disruptive and happens often. After he takes his ADHD medications he is better...almost in a stupor. He just sits and stares (I have no idea what he takes). Sadly, then he is safer, but he isn't learning anything since he is practically sleepwalking. He does not like to be touched. If you try to touch him, he will kick you or kick another child. Child #2 is a cute little girl who came up to me, smiled and said, "Hi, A (figure the word out) then kicked me hard in the shins and laughed and ran away. She is the most disruptive child there. She routinely swore at the other children and teachers, kicked them (and looked like she liked doing it) and had kids crying all day long. It was appalling that the teachers could not even move her to a corner. They are not allowed to use time outs. They are not allowed to use time outs in many preschools anymore. This little girl obviously has no control over herself, no remorse, and is very mean. I understand she is just four years old and desperately needs help, but she is very dangerous to the other kids. She cares nothing about poking them in the eyes with her fingers and laughing. Child #3...not sure what's going on. He can't share. If he plays building blocks and another kid tries to join in he will wallop them and cry. He spent almost the entire day crying. It's heartbreaking to see, but also disruptive to the other kids. Seriously because of these three kids the other kids could not really play normally or learn as much as they could have without them. During story time, none of these three children listen. They run around making noise and the teachers can not do anything and they don't. Before I got this job, I worked at a You Pay Preschool and it was the same thing. The kids who had obvious problems could not be reigned in. Teachers are not allowed to say "no." They have to say "That is NOT OK." They can not put them in a time out. They can not remove them from the other kids. I think inclusion is great for special needs children who do not hurt other children or who can be relatively quiet. But I wouldn't put my own kids into a regular class if I knew my child may hurt another child. I'm not sure the parents have a choice. I really don't like total inclusion. in my opinion it doesn't help the child who needs the help and it hurts the others. I'm afraid that one day Child #2 is going to kick somebody in the eye. I guess I'm venting, but am also curious about parental opinions. And has anyone else ever heard of "Conscious Discipline?" It must be a new fad and in my opinion it's the worst one ever and will blow over fast! by the way, I love all the kids, even those (maybe especially those) with obvious problems and I love the job.