March 10, 2019, Marin (County CA) Independent Journal: Marin Voice: Schools must support students’ emotional challenges https://www.marinij.com/2019/03/10/marin-voice-schools-must-support-students-emotional-challenges/ The Tamalpais Union High School District board recently removed cuts in psychological health services for students from its list of budget cuts. This decision is to be highly applauded. But that it was on the list in the first place is an indication these services are not of the highest priority. They should be…. We see increasing suicides by adolescents. High anxiety and self-destructive behavior is well documented by mental health professionals who work with adolescents, … Teachers have enough on their plates without also being trained as counselors, but they can learn: (a) to identify students who are struggling emotionally; (b) ways of creating low-stress supportive classroom environments; (c) and ways of creating small student groups that strengthen the feeling of community in the classroom. …
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.