Dec 16, 2019, Education Week: 1 in 7 Students Report Having Seriously Considered Suicide, Survey Finds http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement/2019/12/students_report_having_seriously_considered_suicide_survey_finds.html One in seven students between the ages of 10 and 18 report they had seriously considered attempting suicide in the 12 months prior to taking an online survey, a new analysis shows. But for students who are in special education and those who do not identify as either male or female, those numbers were even higher. Twenty-two percent of special education students report having seriously considered attempting suicide while 21 percent of students who do not identify has either male or female said they had seriously contemplated taking their own lives in the year prior to responding to the survey. The numbers come from YouthTruth, a nonprofit group that surveys students. For this particular analysis, YouthTruth polled 70,000 students in grades 5-12 from public schools in 18 states. The surveys took place online between 2012 and 2019. While still relatively rare, suicide is the second most common cause of death among American youths after accidents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it's on the rise. … ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Special education students, as well as low-income students, are more likely to say that they have an adult at school they can talk to when they are having problems….
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.