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.
"What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless."
UK media editor, Age of Autism
"The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country."
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
“It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.”
“They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.”
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
Jun 22, 2018
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Bowling Green, KY: Teachers taught to "recognize and address students’ mental health problems"
June 16, 2018, Bowling Green (KY)Daily News: Schools, agencies promote student mental health http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/schools-agencies-promote-student-mental-health/article_14da4dae-576f-50e9-ab20-a71f51130e7e.htmlThe two-day conference at the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative drew about 100 participants ranging from educators and school district personnel to mental health care providers.
Between sessions Thursday and Friday, much of the conversation focused on implementing a framework for how to recognize and address students’ mental health problems.
Sessions focused on implementing an approach called the Interconnected Systems Framework, which blends strategies for encouraging good student behavior, positive school cultures and student mental health.
Dustin Kirby, service coordinator with LifeSkills, said the conference was helpful with networking and understanding data.
“It has so much packed into two days that there’s something for anyone to latch on to,” he said.