Sept 24, 2018, Louisiana State U. Journal: Suspending Elementary School Students Linked to Future Behavioral Problems https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/09/24/suspending-elementary-school-students-linked-to-future-behavioral-problems.aspx Suspension in the elementary school years can lead to more suspensions in middle and high school, according to a study from Louisiana State University researchers. However, the earliest suspensions can have a lasting effect on a child's development since time out of the classroom means less time spent on early learning experiences…. The researchers took data from the Truancy Assessment and Service Centers program at LSU from 2007 and compared it to data from the Department of Education on elementary school suspensions from 2008 and 2010. The data showed that the most frequent behavioral problem was disruptive behavior about 30 percent of suspensions, followed by lack of student engagement at 27.66 percent. The researchers were able to make the following conclusions: Boys displayed more behavioral problems than girls (such as aggression, defiance and disruptive behaviors). Almost 25 percent of boys were suspended in the 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 school years, compared to less than 9 percent of girls in both years. … The findings from the study led the researchers to conclude that more resources should be allocated to help students stay in school such as behavioral specialists or social workers can evaluate students.
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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.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
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
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