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Schools to blame for pupils' mental health problems

Discussion in 'Education news' started by monicabilongame, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter


    "In many schools, the problems are not new and while more money and resources are now being diverted to address mental health issues, a few still appear to care more about their academic results than the mental health and well-being of their students."

    "The boom in tutoring, for instance........ can be seen as an entirely understandable response by parents to the over-rigorous testing and entrance exams, often poorly communicated by schools by smoke and mirrors, and undertaken in such a way that shows little consideration for their impact on children and families involved."

    "schools must recognise that it is not competition and hard work that causes stress and mental health issues among their students, rather fear and anxiety."

    "What students don’t need as they navigate the often difficult years of adolescence is to be over-monitored and managed, but rather guided and supported by informed adults. More counsellors are urgently needed, and, in some instances, the ethos of schools needs to be changed."

  2. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    . hmmm edited to rethink ... TElegraph not saying what I thought it did.
  3. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    I dispute that. The telegraph, just like most posters on here is simply unable to radically rethink education!

    The article gropes clumsily towards the truth, but not very far ...
  4. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    They're certainly to blame for many teachers' mental health problems.
  5. chaaarliship

    chaaarliship New commenter

  6. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Mental health problems are complex and have many causes. Schools don't seem to help much, but I would guess are rarely the sole cause of them.
    indusant likes this.
  7. indusant

    indusant Senior commenter

    Schools have become places that Procrustes would be proud of. Confidence, creativity, self assurance etc are stifled as pupils always have to fit some pre-conceived target. They are chopped and stretched in various ways until they 'fit'. The obsessive measuring and testing takes the joy out learning for its own sake.

    It's a similar story with teachers. They need to conform. They need to 'fit'. So, they are stretched and scrutinised constantly. If you do not 'fit', it's very likely that you will soon be chopped (out of a job).

    The psychological repercussions are there to be seen. Simply throwing money at the symptoms will not get to the cause. The system needs to be changed.

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