Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Newtown Connecticut tragedy: a time to review school training and policies


Hercules Middle-High School (according to CC Times) has a policy where they suspend a child for 3 days if they have skipped one class.
Albany Middle School had (still?) a policy where they prohibited students from participating in the graduation ceremony if they had some D's or F's during the most recent quarter, or something to that effect. The child was qualified to graduate, but was deemed unsuitable for the ceremony.
These are examples of schools alienating our children, the very children that we need to try harder to help find their place in our society. Instead, we kick them out.
I did receive my teaching credential, but only taught for 3 years. During the credential program, I took one "Educational Psychology" course, but I do not recall discussion about the "misfit" or "socially awkward" child. What are the cardinal do's and don'ts with respect to ensuring no child ever feels alienated?
As someone who did not learn of their own learning impediment (Auditory Processing Disorder) until age 40, I now wonder how many kids are falling through the cracks, as the suspect is now being described as possibly having some sort of disability.
And what are our schools, as evidenced by formal teacher and administrator training, doing to help each and every child feel that our society values them? Our schools are a microcosm of society. This is where our children will learn if they truly belong and get the help they need.

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