Youth of all ages today have a lot on their plate. Most students do not leave school for the day with the luxury to do homework, play, and eat a nutritious dinner. Working as a home-based Family Literacy Teacher it became evident to me that there are a lot of children who are barely getting by at home. If I were in the position I would make sure our government is putting as much money into our schools as possible. I think there are a lot of programs that could be initiated into public schools as well as adding more alternative/charter schools.
I realize I am no expert when it comes to this subject, but I have spent a lot of my own time thinking about what schools could use. Perhaps these things are already out there - I don't know.. Here is a list of things I think could help schools:
-Survey families of students to see what resources the family may need
-initiate mental health programs as early as possible.
-reach out to teenagers with violence prevention groups...do more to decrease bullying
-never abide by sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me...words do hurt and kids picking on other kids should not be tolerated
-allow different testing options to account for different learning styles
-healthy food choices
-electives and allowing students the option to design their own courses
-more money - I have been in public schools that lack toilet paper..this is not acceptable!
-helping teachers get the resources they need and flexibility to teach their students the best way possible
I think raising more awareness in the community is the first step. Mrs. Whimsy, can you comment on your experience working with the families of the students? I am curious, from an alternative school perspective, to hear your experiences!