Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Isolation Harms Children

Well, duh.

You can tell it's being done for adult convenience, not safety, because the children are forced into oubliettes and then ignored.  When parents lock a child in a closet, it's recognized as abuse; when teachers or doctors do it, that's condoned.  

If it were really about safety, the child would be put in a separate room with a teacher to continue the lesson or a school counselor to go over coping skills or at least model civil behavior, through a picture window or a viewscreen.  Safety may require separation but in no way requires isolation.  So when it does include isolation, you know that adults simply want nothing to do with the child -- or think they can get their way by means of torture.  Require adults to provide interaction during separation and watch them drop the technique like a hot rock.
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