July 22, 2019, Atlanta Journal Constitution: Cherokee County schools name exec for student emotional, mental health https://www.ajc.com/news/local/cherokee-county-schools-name-exec-for-student-emotional-mental-health/lE0k9WXTsdvsZZcOmhpPMO/ The Cherokee County School Board, responding to concerns about students’ emotional and mental health, has named a former principal to head a new social and emotional learning initiative. Debra Murdock, former principal of Cherokee High School and a Georgia High School Principal of the Year, will focus on “developing new ways to better support students’ and employees’ emotional and mental health and well-being,” according to a district announcement. The district said it’s the first step toward implementing recommendations of the superintendent’s ad hoc committee on social and emotional learning….
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.