I'm a first grade, regular education teacher. I'm not a parent. I came across this forum when I googled "emotionally disturbed label." That was right after I googled "school to prison pipeline" and "zero tolerance permanent records." That should give you an idea of my perspective on things. Recent events, in the news, at my school, in my classroom, have sparked a strong personal interest in the negative way in which educators like myself often exacerbate the behaviors of certain students and actually cause problems rather than solve them. And by "educators like myself" I am admitting that I have often found myself guilty of many of these things. Some day, I'd actually like to prove quantitatively that many of the problems that the parents on this board are facing have been made worse by the curriculum changes in public education that have caused subjects like art, p.e., music, and even science to be pushed out in favor all math and reading all day long. Moreover, teaching itself is being transformed as well. Programs like Open Court and teaching methods like "direct instruction" have greatly increased the amount of "teacher talk" that students must endure throughout the day. As one teacher I know put it, "Instead of letting the kids read, we spend all day lecturing them about reading." Then, on top of all this, you have the added stresses to teachers that have been brought upon by high stakes standardized testing. This stress is easily passed on to students, both intentionally and unintentionally, by educators. Now, we all know that adults can be pushed over the edge by workplace stress. Now, picture the same stresses placed upon a nine year old who doesn't have the coping mechanism that adults have and who has neurological predisposition that causes them to act out under such stress. The difference is when an adult has a work-related nervous breakdown, they usually take some sick days, or perhaps a vacation and return to work when they are better. But when kids have school-related nervous breakdowns, they get punished, detained, segregated, and labeled "emotionally disturbed." I could go on. Hopefully, I will.