By Anne Dachel
I’ve been writing about the end of the education system as we’ve always known it. I say that from the perspective of a teacher with decades of experience and as a mother in the autism community.
I follow the news on a daily basis, and the stories I include come from the English-speaking areas of the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
(See links to previous stories at the bottom of this piece.)
It doesn’t matter where you go, the stories are all the same—schools have to adjust to children who can’t behave or learn normally, all the while pretending nothing is different, everything’s all right.
My last update included stories through October. Let me give you examples of what’s been published over the last month.
Oct 31, 2017, (Australia) Townsville Bulletin: REVEALED: Worst behaved schools in Townsville
“NAUGHTY kids at a Townsville school are being disciplined at the rate of more than one per school day
“…Figures show 674 students were enrolled at that time, meaning 57.12 per cent of the students potentially faced disciplinary action. …
“Another school high up on the naughty list was Heatley Secondary College, where 45.13 per cent of students could have been suspended or expelled.”
Oct 31, 2017, UK Daily Mail: Surge in depression among teens: Mental illness rates are rising four times faster in young people than anyone else in the US, study finds
“Depression among teens rose at quadruple the rate of the general population from 2005 to 2015, according to the new research.”
Nov 1, 2017, Oshawa Express (Ontario, Canada): Lack of funding, resources blamed for rise in classroom violence—Parents, teachers say children with special needs falling through the cracks
“With violence in the classroom purported to be on the rise, parents and teachers are pointing directly at a lack of funding and resources to children with special needs as the reason.”
Nov 1, 2017, Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle: Some young learners are losing out
“The reality is costs are rising as is the number of children needing specialized services.”
Nov 1, 2017, (British Columbia) CBC: Clinic coming to school grounds of B.C. Interior high school
“A high school in Salmon Arm, B.C., will soon be the first in the Interior to have a clinic on school grounds to give students access to help for both physical and mental health issues.”
Nov 1, 2017, Grand Junction (CO) Daily Sentinel: Depression common for county’s teens
Data about emotional well-being, which was collected from 652 Mesa County teenagers for the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey, showed that 40 percent of teenagers felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more.
Nov 2, 2017, UK Ipswich Star: Cyber-bullying, self harm and lack of sleep among issues faced by Suffolk’s schoolchildren, report reveals
“‘We have made several recommendations to local schools and commissioners within Suffolk County Council and our local clinical commissioning groups. This includes engaging secondary schools on all aspects of the EWB2020.
“‘This must start with preparing schools to better manage the emotional wellbeing needs of children and young people by increasing funding of tier one support, improved workforce development within schools and ensuring young people are more aware of the support available to them. …’ “
Nov 2, 2017, Charlottesville (VA) Tomorrow: Greenbrier Elementary piloting social-emotional learning program
Greenbrier Elementary School in Charlottesville is piloting a program for the city school division that aims to support children who struggle to control their emotions and cause disruptions in class.
Nov 2, 2017, Canada, CBC: Post-secondary groups call for beefed-up mental health services for students
“…but increasing demand and a huge gap in government funding means post-secondary institutions can't always meet the needs of those suffering from a range of psychological issues — from anxiety and depression to more serious illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.”