Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations
Chapter Twenty-Seven: Suffering “Like This”: Interpretation and the Pedagogical Disruption of the Dual System of Education (Christopher Gilham)
Suffering “Like This”: Interpretation and The Pedagogical Disruption of The Dual System of Education christopher gilham s u f f e r i n g a n d s C h o o l fa i lu r e What do we do next year? This can’t go on like this. gary, school administrator Every word breaks forth as if from a centre… hans-georg gadamer (1989, p. 454) James, a young boy, had climbed high up a tree, again. Gary, the principal of the school, had called me and the police. I went to the school to support Gary and his school team, to see how I might be able to help. I was a regular visitor that school year because James and most of the other students in his class were often in distress. At the time of the event, I worked for a large urban public school board as a specialist. My main work was to support schools in their work with students with severe emotional and behavioural disabilities (EBD). The severe EBD status came from diagnoses that are found within the American Psychiatric Association’s Di- agnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). The DSM diagnosis allowed the school board to apply a codification system to the students which identified them as hav- ing severe EBD status and in turn, permitted the allocation of special funding to C h a p T e r T w e n T y - s e v e n 214 | christopher gilham the...
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