Here’s something I think about sometimes when I read the statistics on the diagnosis of ADHD in the U.S. “We tell kids be quiet, calm yourself down, be still. We tell them all these things they need in the classroom, but we’re not teaching them how to do that.” It’s true. There isn’t time in a high-stress, high-demand day to slow down and teach kids how to just be still. I’m not currently working in a school, but if I were, I’d be intrigued by the possibilities of mindfulness training.
I’ve seen some mentions in the press of late about universal basic income. It isn’t something I see happening here in the U.S. for a number of complicated reasons, but it was in the back of my mind when I came across this article about what happened in N.C. when the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opened a casino and “elected to distribute a proportion of the profits equally among its 8,000 members.” Food for thought.
Though this article isn’t directly related to school counseling, it put me in mind of a number of highly-publicized bullying incidents wherein all kinds of judgments were made in the media (often against the schools) with little knowledge of the actual incident or the issues involved. Bandwagoning is tempting sometimes, but it’s always best to make sure you have all the information before you hop on board.