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

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    I think schools are unfairly asked to be a panacea for all manner of social ills that schools have little ability, power or funding to solve. A teacher’s role is a little greater than simply being an instructor but it’s not fair, or effective, to ask them to be social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors as well.

    Schools get scapegoated with social pathologies because society does little to address them anywhere else and school is where the problems manifest themselves where everyone can see them. But teachers aren’t the answer to mental health problems in children. An effective public health system that screens for and treats behavioral health is. The latter basically doesn’t exist, so problems that schools and teachers don’t have the tools to solve appear in classrooms anyway, where they are expected to just deal with it.

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

    by Joe Bob on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 12:18:59 PM PST

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