June 24, 2019, Atlanta Journal Constitution: Cherokee school budget covers raises, mental health counselors https://www.ajc.com/news/local/cherokee-school-budget-covers-raises-mental-health-counselors/fmp5GxkZRu0wYx95dz5IJJ/ The Cherokee County School Board has approved a budget for the new school year with a $481 million general fund that the district says ensures continued classroom size reductions, new efforts to help at-risk students and a $3,000 raise for certified employees. … The budget also contains funds to hire the district’s first two mental health counselors, in line with recommendations of an ad hoc committee on social and emotional learning. District Superintendent Brian V. Hightower said it’s clear that stress related to school can have detrimental effects on students’ health and well-being. “We want them to be challenged, but we also want them to be healthy,” he said.
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.