June 12, 2019, NJBIZ (New Jersey): Bill to require mental health education in schools clears assembly panel https://njbiz.com/bill-require-mental-health-education-schools-clears-assembly-panel/ The Assembly Education Committee cleared legislation on Monday that would integrate mental health education into health and physical education classes for all K-12 students…. “It’s incredibly important that students understand the many dimensions of health, from exercise to mental health and wellness,” said Assemblyman Gary Schaer, D-36th District, a prime sponsor of the bill said in a statement. … Under the measure, the State Board of Education would review and update the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. In its review, the State board would consult with mental health experts including, but not limited to, representatives from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the Department of Human Services. In consultation with experts, the curriculum would be updated to incorporate mental health instruction for students K-12. …
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.