Those of us of a certain age recall Animal House with great fondness. The boys of Delta House tormented Dean Wormer and the entire Faber University at every torn. Today? Animal House is a reality in Eugene Oregon, where the movie was filmed almost 40 years ago. The boys of Animal House were indeed naughty and puckish. But even John Belushi's Bluto was endearing, not enraging. Today's school children are more reminiscent of another movie - Chuckie. And I say that without meaning to belittle or shame. Behavior is out of control and not because our children are evil. Something(s) has happened to the young brain that is affecting their ability to function and cope. Screen time, forced academics far too early, changes to infant development, video games, chemicals masquerading as food, plastic in place of glass from cradle to grave, over vaccination in a a vast experiment on the human immune system and bolus doses of mercury before birth in the maternal flu vaccine. Violence and aggression are traits of mercury toxicity. This ties in with the overwhelming number of mass shootings in America. Unbridled, unchecked aggression and violence. The world is "easier" than ever to navigate. Children don't need to memorize a phone number, learn how to use an encyclopedia, read a map, make change for a $20 bill after a purchase - Siri and Alexa and iThisThatandEverything take care of thinking in so many ways. And yet they are tanking. There's no other word for it.
“We’re in the midst of a behavioral crisis,” said Tad Shannon, Eugene Education Association teacher’s union president. “We are facing real and present danger. This is happening at all our schools, it’s systemic. I don’t think that we’re going to survive the rest of the school year with the way things are now.”
Shannon was referring to increased violent and disruptive student behaviors in Eugene-area schools that he said are pushing teachers and other school staff to the brink of quitting.
Meg Carnagey, a first-grade teacher at Adams, said students are becoming more aggressive.
“Kids are hitting, choking, tackling, biting and kicking,” she said. “They’re leaving bruises, red marks and bite marks.”
The teachers who spoke Wednesday are not alone in their observations, and nearly every educator or education advocate in the area agrees that the issue is growing.
In the last three years, Bethel, Eugene and Springfield school districts — along with their counterparts across the state — have seen the frequency and intensity of violent, threatening or disruptive behaviors steadily increase, especially at the elementary level, district officials said in a Register-Guard report that published earlier this month.
Eugene schools face ‘behavioral crisis,’ board told