As I read Nov. 26 Front Page article “Happier and healthy lives: Schools change homework, start times and more in response to student anxiety,” I said, “Finally!”
It highlighted student stress. Young people have many obstacles to deal with — adolescence alone can have it challenges — including academic stress. Some families have more challenges than others. Abuse, neglect or genetics could also lead to anxiety and depression. Bullying and peer pressure could be included.
Schools could incorporate standards for social/emotional learning as suggested in Illinois’ Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003 in the general curriculum. But the actual participation needs to be with all students on a regular basis through mental health classes. Sharing feelings and realizing you’re not alone is a great beginning.
Let’s catch all those who “fall between the cracks.” See the person — not just the grades.
— Marsha Magala, Chicago