“I hate Christmas.”
Teachers hear that with surprising regularity around this time of year.
I hate Christmas. I hate Thanksgiving. I hate every holiday.
America’s public school students are living under tremendous pressure.
The social safety net is full of holes. And our children are left to fall through the ripped and torn fabric.
The sad fact is that one in four students in America’s classrooms have experienced a traumatic event.
So if your classroom is typical, 25% of your students have witnessed violence or been subject to a deeply distressing experience.
That could be drug or alcohol abuse, food insecurity, severe beatings, absent caregivers or neglect.
These figures, provided by Neena McConnico, Director of Boston Medical Center’s Child Witness to Violence Project, are indicative of a truth about this country that we don’t want to see.
Our Darwinian public policies leave many children to…
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