Aug 18, 2019, Stuff.com: Mindfulness and meditation a strategy for teenage mental health resilience, says charity https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/115091200/mindfulness-and-meditation-a-strategy-for-teenage-mental-health-resilience-says-charity Concerns about stress levels for teenagers are driving calls to get mindfulness teaching into schools. The Kindness Institute is pushing for some of the Government's to take the idea of mindfulness in schools "seriously" as part of its Wellbeing budget. … "We were really pleased to see that mindfulness education was actually included in the report as a strategy that should be looked into. It is promising. … There was a "rather concerning" trend emerging that stress was becoming more and more of an issue for young people in New Zealand, he said. "Having robust, well-tested approaches to mindfulness, spiritual health and ... so on will continue to be key for schools. It's a good thing, I think. … "As long as there's buy-in, it can't hurt."
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.