June 30, 2019, Coeur d'Alene (ID) Press: Study says mental health problems among issues plaguing Idaho Students https://www.cdapress.com/article/20190630/AP/306309993 BOISE — Hewlett Packard and Idaho Business for Education recently released the initial results from a huge, five-month study of education and the economy in Idaho, with recommendations ranging from focusing on early literacy to dealing with mental health issues in Idaho schools that are detracting from teaching and college and career counseling. HP funded the study, brought in experts and contacted 2,000 Idahoans through surveys, focus groups, interviews and more over the course of five months. The reason: They say they are part of Idaho’s future and want an educated workforce here. … The study’s top five recommendations: …Addressing mental health issues that are affecting Idaho schools. “This is an emerging issue that’s getting worse,” Schmedlen said. They turned up in an array of different environments across the state, from angst-ridden students at high-performing schools to serious unaddressed needs in rural areas. Marcela Escobari, an economist with the Brookings Institution who took part in the study, said people in Idaho were well aware of the numbers, including the state’s high suicide rate. Researchers were struck, she said, by “how pervasive it was across socio-economic levels … and the bandwidth it took from teachers.” The study will go to Gov. Brad Little’s education improvement task force; the governor, state schools superintendent and other officials have already been briefed on it. The final report will be published in August, and all its data turned over to an Idaho research institution so it can be utilized in future studies to show trends. …
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.