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.
May 31, 2018
1 min read
Oklahoma: Teacher shortage; 'childhood trauma is impacting the classroom'
Aug 26, 2017, Stillwater News Press: Oklahoma now has more than 1,400 emergency certified teachers
Oklahoma now has more emergency certified teachers than ever before, causing stress and strain on the state's education system which ranks near the bottom in the country for teacher pay and amount spent per student.
The Oklahoma board of education approved 574 emergency certificate requests at Thursday’s board meeting, bringing the current total to 1,429 and beating last years record mark of 1,160.
Five years ago, only 32 emergency teaching certificates were approved, but the demand has steadily grown since then....
“We are not retaining teacher beyond six years,” Hofmeister said. “We are loosing 46 percent in the first one-to-five years.She also said teachers are facing a very different classroom than they were 30-40 years ago.During a summer training program attended by 7,000 educators, Hofmeister said the biggest request from teachers was to learn how to better teach traumatized children.