I noticed Bert had tweeted on suicide from bullying in Japan recently.
Funny that he would tweet that issue and this week is the week after a funeral of a teen student who had connections to several students I work with. The circumstance was an overdose. Many social issues such as family dynamics, social relationships, engaging in illegal activities such as drugs and alcohol for teens are just a few to mention here. These are not new issues and my thoughts that they were not new issues made me wonder of the change in society into the information age from the industrial age. As I have been given readings for the courses of this program I have read that the current educational system was established on the premise of the industrial age needs and continues to function on that same premise. It raises the questions as to how and when will it be founded on the premise for the information age so the appropriateness of the times is addressed. It feels like so much contention to have to speak up on what is not working in education in these times and get even more resistance toward pro active solutions. It could be just me that may feel this way but from the evidence that the testing is connected to the funding and the type of testing is based on the industrial age premise just does not match the day and age of our current abilities. The testing is just an example of an issue that I see as antiquated.
Where are the social services in the school and community at large with application of program implementation of curriculum for a healthy social and mental quality of life? I too see certain students struggling on a daily basis to just cope with even coming to school. Once at school another level of just trying to make it through one class at a time and even to feel they can walk to and from the restroom in social safety. Participation in class is all together another level of effort. I can only imagine how physically taxing it is on a student after such a trying day to mentally keep it together for the sake of social acceptance, only to fall asleep in agony and realizing that waking means to do it all over again.
Our school had a presentation last week on rachelschallenge by her dad. Today we had an advisory class which included each student to write on a paper chain link a moment they were given or were they received an act of kindness. I also had extra links after, that the next class of students wanted to add more moments of kindness. I also felt I needed to become a giver and appropriately receive acts of kindness. I noticed the students noticed the shift from the class management process to a whole class involvement in each others behaviors that affect us all.
I recently attended a conference with another curriculum keep kids safe that I would highly recommend (which I did to one of our school’s counselors today via email, and tweeted earlier). With the advancement of technology has social behavior been affected by the high use of technology? Is there a pro active approach to aid in the quality of life for us all to live? What kind of affect can/does technology have? I realize with out doing any research yet, how just having questions seems so overwhelming but I hope this is the beinning of the journey aiding in resolving something that we all can benefit from by means of the technology but even deeper by the quality of life each of us willing share to one another.