Note: Here are some of Anne's collected media stories about the changes in schooling in the First World. We had a 16 year old female make a credible threat in my town on the day of the Walk Out. A boy shot two students this week in what was called by morning cable news "school based domestic violence," and the Austin Bomber turns out to be a white, 23 year old Conservative Christian male. Hardly out of school.
By Anne Dachel
How come schools all over the world are making dramatic changes in order to address mental health/behavioral problems in children, without anyone asking why?
Lame excuses about BAD PARENTS/BAD HOME LIFE are being talked about without challenge, as if homes in the past nurtured kids and there was nothing like this.
The situation is bad..........the cause is somehow social. Imagine if someone started talking about the ENVIRONMENT. Routine exposure to known neurotoxins isn't even considered. So let them spend vast sums to hire more experts and address social emotional issues ....all the while things get worse and worse.
HOW long can we blame the parents? Look at the EXPLOSION IN SPED PART I also attached. IF YOU SCROLL down, it starts at the end of 2016 and continues through the first couple of months of 2017.... I'm now on EXPLOSION IN SPED PART VII. Over and over......thousands of stories over the past year attest to the end of childhood as we've known it. How can this not be a crisis?
Columbus, MS: 9 year old shoots and kills 14 year old sister. Pediatrician calls this trauma…it has lasting impact on children.
Charlotte, NC: County to add more mental health therapists and social workers
Attleboro, MA: School population declines while there is ‘growth of social and emotional issues and increased special needs.’
Special education now accounts for about one-third the school budget, and costs have been rising from 6 to 10 percent a year. Just over 18 percent of local students are in special education. …
***CT Mirror: Increase in aggressive violence in CT schools. “The behavior is getting worse.” Teachers are assaulted, rooms are cleared to protect students, AND IT’S BLAMED ON TRAUMA AT HOME.
“Students who are disruptive are not receiving the help they need,” she said. “The bottom line is there are many children who are hurting today, more than at any other time in my career. …
“Students who are disruptive are not receiving the help they need.” …
School staff also need to know that help is a phone call away when student behavior does reach a crises level – such as throwing chairs and desks at staff, as teachers testified last week had happened in their schools.
Vermont: State plans to prevent childhood trauma. (It alters brain chemistry and behavior.)
Terre Haute, IN: Indiana officials to increase guidance and support to schools. CDC shows 2/3 of students have been affected. State senate passed a bill to PREVENT ACEs. (No details given.)
Wakefield, RI: Town council concerned about mental health needs of students. New people have been hired to help kids.
Psych Central: New study shows kids with aggressive behavior have problems with executive brain function.
Waco, TX: National legislation to stop school violence and “identify persons who may have violent tendencies so that we can start trying to work with them to deal with those issues.”
Oakland, CA: Story about a 9 year old’s suicide. We’re told 2-3 percent of children are depressed.
Tampa Bay: Stunning story about the number of weapons found in city schools. Example given of autistic student stabbing another student.
San Diego: Editorial by former teacher claims ASD is overdiagnosed and blames school violence on lack of traditional family values. There has to be some explanation for the dramatic change in behavior of students.
Salt Lake: Utah Arena adds ‘sensory room’ to help kids during basketball games or concerts. People can stay to watch performances because kids get 15—20 minute break “to settle down” and “cool off.”
Canada: Celebrity MD from the U.S., Dr. Drew Pinsky blames bad homes for adolescent mental health violence and school shootings.
UK: Grimsby school gets hot tub for “sensory therapy.” It has‘brilliant calming effect.’
***UK: Scotland has INCREDIBULE ACCEPTANCE OF DISABLED CHILDREN. In a story about “bad behavior” … “unacceptable behavior”… “the norm” in Scottish schools, …it’s clear that SPECIAL ED STUDENTS are the real story….
Figures from the Scottish Government in December revealed that 26.6 per cent of pupils have additional support needs, ranging from dyslexia, ADHD, and autism to behavioural and emotional problems.
Students in SPED are not those with cognitive/learning problems. These are kids with behavioral problems.
Perth, Australia: Students increasingly attack teachers. System not supporting teachers.