Tuesday, December 27, 2022


This study concerns me as a parent, a teacher, and human being. 

I am not advocating ending or limiting in-person schooling but this is worrying.


  1. A lot of people need to work, and the schools become a guaranteed babysitting service. It’s not even about education anymore. It’s just making sure the kids have a place to exist so parents can work. Remote was exhausting for them because they had to be home and deal with the fear of losing their jobs while still having the reality of paying bills. Then they had to actually deal with their kids if they couldn’t afford a babysitter. I get it as a single mom, it’s scary to admit how expensive daycare and after school programs are. As an educator I remember it was exciting teaching my son while home. We actually got a lot done.

    However! If the education system was really in the best interest of the students, they would consider a hybrid option.

    Mental health gets ignored quite often by a lot of people. When will it stop?

  2. I think I heard that statistic years ago or perhaps knew it intuitively. Suicides certainly won’t go up while teens are on vacation. It boils down to, “Hell is other people.” - Sartre
    One should analyze that statement. One has to question why high school is such a hell for so many teens, (and let’s not even ponder teacher suicide rates during the school year). Obviously the current ‘hades as school’ paradigm is the incorrect one for learning. I’ve looked at some studies and they conclude the monotonous routines, early morning arrivals (for a teen’s biological clock that’s on afternoon time) and rampant overt and subtle bullying as some of the main causes that teens consider high school, hell. All of that could be changed fairly easily, but teachers aren’t rushing to start work at 12 o’clock in the afternoon to get out at seven, or instituting any type of real punishment for outrageous behavior, other than the laughable restorative justice. I’ve always thought education should be a privilege, not a right for those that make school a living hell and especially when kids are committing suicide because of the behavior of other students.

  3. But they said so many students suffered from depression from doing online schooling. Is there a happy medium somewhere?

  4. Holden, I never saw any quantifiable statistical evidence towards that - although I did hear it continuously anywhere adults were gathered. I believe the people who were suffering from depression were mostly the parents, who are stuck home with their little darlings and worse their spouses.

  5. I agree. I think the toxic work culture that was the norm finally paused. Then, people were finally able to unwillingly realize how much their mental health is obliterated. Naturally no one wants to look inside or get help, they would rather blame outside sources. What better outside source than the burnt out teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, secretaries and so on who have been dealing with their children since they can enter the school system?

    Mental health has and continues to be a major issue that has no real acknowledgment. Instead they have been slashing the budgets to anything that seems pro-humanity at this point.

  6. awwwwwww James wants to censor me because the vaccines are a disaster. Suicides for teens have dramatically increased because of the pandemic and the closing of schools. You were a proponent for closing schools.
    Our union, like many others, sold our kids out for federal money.



  7. Read the cited study. Suicides went down when the schools closed. This wasn't meant to be political at all.


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