The start of the new school year is the start of a new chapter. Students nationwide are checking out text books, registering for important classes, and signing up for clubs and organizations. But in the shuffle, what students are lost? What students are left out? What students are struggling with the transitions? How can educators and parents be aware of the signs?
The following articles are important resources to assist and inform. These groundbreaking findings will help us all become better learners, educators, and parents.
Mental Health and Wellness Advocacy
Part of diversity is assessing students abilities and backgrounds. The classroom does not block out the adversity that students face. The conversation surrounding mental health is beginning to pick up speed and it is important that we pay attention to these voices.
Why College is a Risky Time for Students by Maya Rhodan
Mental Health in Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions of Students by Meg Anderson and Kavitha Cardoza
Decolonization vs. Diversity
Many argue that diversity is not enough. Decolonization refers to the power struggle between students and teachers. Punitive education policies can discourage students from learning. Sharing responsibilities, establishing trust, and listening to students can help to undo some of the damage of colonization.
Decolonizing the Classroom by Wayne Au
12 Ways to Avoid Student Humiliation by Dr. Richard Curwin
Improving Campus Culture
Toxic campus environments promote exclusion and isolation. This is unfair to the young women (and men) who experience trauma. College campuses must consider the needs of all students and not favor some over others.
What Advocates are Doing to End Sexual Assault on Campus by Irin Carmon
Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces are Necessary by RaeAnne Pickett
The humanities could benefit from some fresh perspectives. The sciences could benefit from more creativity. Causes that help to highlight these relationships are listed below:
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)
Together we can make a difference!