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View Diary: A Reflection on Mental Illness from a Former High School Teacher (140 comments)

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  •  there's no discussion of mental illness (0+ / 0-)

    at all, just some vague references to calling someone something and the reaction to it, about general name-calling (not about mental illness specifically)  and taking offense. this has nothing to do with mental illness and is not helpful, and 'mentioning' it casually to another person, a relative, is not 'handling' the situation. this is an entirely personal account about the author, has nothing to do with dealing with mental illness in the school

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 10:43:30 AM PST

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    •  Let me just clarify (12+ / 0-)

      That my intention was to show how mental illness, or potential mental illness, can get missed or ignored during formative years because teachers, as a representative of adults in kids' lives outside of their own family, can't address the warning signs honestly with parents or bring them to their attention because parents (a) don't want to hear it, and (b) respond primarily by threatening the teacher's career.

      I'm sorry that the diary doesn't meet your personal standards for what the title implies it should be about. As for why you're so angry about it, that's for you to deal with.

      •  Your intent is clear and thank you. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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        Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

        by Just Bob on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 01:34:43 PM PST

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      •  missed/ignored/we don't have the funds .... (0+ / 0-)

        My son was only 3 years old when they noticed he had significant problems. In Head Start.... he was a safety risk to himself and others. He has Pervasive Developmental Delay ... he had open heart surgery at 5 months old - but even with a BSN education - I could not see the full issues with my son ... it took many experts to see things I could not even begin to have seen ... I was just too close and struggling to deal with the obvious rather than to keep seeking out all that was wrong with him.

        When living in GA I will never forget when I had requested a special needs bus for my son (who at the time was 5 years old and in Kindergarten and a teacher told me that what was wrong with my son was that he needed to learn the rules of the bus and follow them.

        As a parent - I felt helpless while I watched my son - trying to get him the help he desperately needed - but being ignored due to lack of funding. He was already on an IEP - they knew he was having problems and as a Kindergarten student he was sent all over the school to his special needs teachers rather than the teachers coming to him - he has anxiety issues and he was running away from the school - out the building at age 5,   and he would run away at home also - I was a mess. When I moved from GA to FL  I couldn't talk to a counselor without bursting into tears. Who was to blame? I was stuck in a system that either by ignorance or lack of funds was pushing my child, me and my family beyond what we could take.

        and here again - I don't really care so much

        WHO'S FAULT IS IT??

        as much as I would love to say -

        WHAT'S THE SOLUTION??

        I hear your message in your diary and I respect your genuine concerns. Even if the child is noted to have a problem - they do not always get what they need because of budgets. Teachers get fried out - and the teachers are getting the pay cuts, bigger classes and more and more STRESS.

        If people want to get American jobs - I suggest starting with Education and investing in our future. Allow for smaller classes and more freedom to be creative in teaching and not just teaching to the test but helping to mold minds to enjoy learning and find hope in the future.

        Another American job would be working with youths as counselors, mentors, tutors, etc. If we do not invest in our future we wont have one.

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