Suicides, depression, and violence are on the increase in our public schools.
We have only recently began to research the causes of suicides, depression and violence in our public schools. The findings are very revealing, and the media is not telling parents. Here you will arm yourself with information to help the children.
A young boy (only a sophomore) recently committed suicide. He left behind a very telling suicide note. The note explained that school pressures caused his decision to end his life. This young boy is but one of many. It has given pause to the entire community, including school leaders and parents.
How did we get here?
We got here when we opened every conversation with our high school children about futures, goals, and achievements with the words: “I just want you to succeed (make money).” We should be using the words, “I just want you to develop your individual (God given- if you will) talents ….to be who you were meant to be. ”
One Size does not fit all: Suicide Depression and Violence
I worked as a professional tutor in the public school system. Many very bright hands on learners, and analytical thinkers do not learn from the “One Size Fits All” method now mandated in the public school system. The conventional method (workbooks and lectures) doesn’t work for about 40% of the children. Many bright individuals, who don’t learn with this method, are treated like they are dumb. As a result, they often feel ashamed, isolated, or worthless. Is it any wonder that so many are depressed, and suicidal?
Simply by using hands on learning methods (Whole Brain Teaching like Ring Around The Phonics), they quickly and easily learn. These children do not need to be drugged or left behind.
The transformation is amazing once they discover they can learn…that they are not dumb. Because their self esteem improves, they no longer wish to end their lives. Furthermore: drugs do not teach the behaviors that will help those diagnosed with ADD / ADHD function in the world and workplace as they grow older.”
We are overly concerned about “success” (making money in the workforce). But we are not concerned enough about developing a child’s natural individual talents. I witnessed countless teachers who deeply cared about the children, have their hands tied by a bureaucracy that cares more about money than they do the individual child.
Misdiagnoses can cause suicide, depression and violence.
Jacob Barnett was accurately diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. However, doctors told his parents that the boy would likely never talk or read. Furthermore, Jacob’s parents were told he would probably never be unable to independently manage basic daily activities like tying his shoe laces.
But they were sorely, extraordinarily mistaken.
Today, Barnett — now 14 — is a Master’s student, on his way to earning a PhD in quantum physics. The teen has an IQ of 170. He may one day win the Nobel Prize. (Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/11/jacob-barnett-autistic-14-year-old-nobel-prize_n_3254920.html )
Albert Einstein’s story is very similar. Gandhi failed at the career he was educated for, but he united a Nation.
How Did We Get Here?
Our children are suffering from depression, suicidal tendencies, violence, and anxiety. But we allow the news media and emotions to divide us with gun issues. The media has a political agenda that ignores real problems and solutions.
Use Whole Brain teaching to improve a child’s brain health and ability to learn: How to Help Your Child Learn