A Prague Court rejected a claim by a Roma that he faced discrimination in school and was not provided an opportunity to succeed in a regular school program. The court argued he did not display sufficient academic achievement when placed in a school for slow learners which was evidence he lacked the ability to succeed in a regular academic program. Romany Suchy pointed out he was heavily sedated on grounds he was hyperactive and this impeded his ability to do well in school
An ongoing problem is to have schools for “slow learners.” This triggers what is termed the “pygmalion effect” under which students attain the levels the school believes they should attain. There is need to end such schools unless there is clear evidence of physical mental disability. A high percent of Roma children no doubt are classified as below average due to faulty diagnosis.
President Barack Obama on his visit to the Czech Republic was greeted with cheers and jeers as he discussed his controversial ideas about the planned anti-missile system. He told many skeptical listeners, “As long as the threat from Iran persists, we intend to go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven.” He admitted Iran has yet to build any nuclear weapon but persisted in claiming Europe and the Czech Republic were somehow under threat. Of course, why would Iran fire missiles at Europe was never explained by the president nor was there any explanation why the United States turned down an offer from Russia to station such an anti-missile system in their country.
The crowd came to see Obama not so much for what he said but just to say they had seen him. Of course, most applauded his statements concerning fighting global warming or his visit to Jewish sites in the city.
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During World War II, thousands of Roma people were murdered by German troops since the Nazis regarded them as an inferior sub-human people. These days Romas are not physically killed but their children are driven from schools due to prejudice and bigotry on the part of school officials. A recent survey by the Czech Republic organization People in Need reveals widespread indifference on the part of teachers to succeed with Roma children in their classes. The preferred solution is simply to transfer Roma children to a special school. According to Zdenek Svoboda, “schools and their teachers still do not approach children with certain disadvantage equally. We have recorded a tendency to eliminate children requiring special care of those who are difficult to manage.”
The survey revealed that two out of ten Roma female students are sent elsewhere and three out of ten boys are sent to special schools. Svoboda notes, “Roma people are often perceived as lacking interest in education, and unable to keep a commitment.” If educators believe a child fits certain characteristics before they enter a classroom, it is most probable the child will wind up displaying those characteristics.
George Bush never met a peaceful situation he could not transform into a cauldron of steaming anger. The president took office at a time when US relations with Russia, while not perfect, still reflected a semblance of desire on both sides to cooperate. However, President Bush decided that Europe needed an anti-missile system to prevent attacks from “rogue nations” that remain unidentified although he most probably meant Iran and North Korea. The decision to construct anti-missile systems in the Czech Republic and Poland infuriated Russia and caused a new cold war to emerge. Czech protestors against the base urged their government to refuse cooperation with the United States since the only result will be to damage their nation’s relations with Russia. Most opinion polls suggest a majority of Czechs do not support the idea of missile bases.
Barack Obama has an excellent opportunity once in office to restore calm relations with Russia by voiding any anti-missile base construction. Most European leaders like President Sarkozy of France have urged an end to any effort to build such bases. If Europeans are against the anti-missile bases why is the United States building them for the ostensible reason of protecting Europe?