Skip to main content

View Diary: Insanity in WA ST Legislature: Arm the Teachers (90 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Does anyone have counter proposals? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mahakali overdrive, Desert Rose

    It seems to me that the more practical approach is helping school districts to better help teachers, parents and kids in dealing with mental illness issues as they arise.  More resources are needed in the non-gun areas.

    Apparently, teachers are generally discouraged from and perhaps are punished for suggesting to parents that a child might need mental health evaluation by specialists.  Instead, an evaluation ought to be mandated if a teacher has an observation that might be valid.

    At the earliest stages of mental illness, the problems are subtle and confusing to sort out.  Parents are most likely to be in denial, considering the stigma involved and the tragedy that this represents to families.  

    That would probably be a set of rules at various levels that might not be easy to push through, and it may be that the gun thing may just be a point that can be satisfied more quickly.

    The problem is that schools need support and resources for the mission that they are entrusted with, not expensive distractions born of sensationalism.  

    And how about funding for librarians and music or art teachers and programs?  Basically if children are expected to grow up as sane and productive members of society, there needs to be a full spectrum of learning resources that can engage kids in any possible way.  

    Cutting these types of programs in favor of more standardized testing and teaching to the test is going to worsen the situation not make it better.

    The direction we are going in is the opposite of the right direction.  

    Who in the state legislature is addressing this?

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 12:04:40 PM PST

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site