Two AISD police officers gave an interesting presentation concerning campus mental health calls to police related to hurting others and oneself, among other issues. They also touched on the devastating effects of social media on interpersonal relationships and how it is interfering with learning. They shared data showing that mental health incidents are on the rise and will surpass last year’s numbers. One of the officers shared that parents are clueless as to what their children are doing on social media and are demanding that the schools intervene. He mentioned that there was only so much they could do.
I find this particularly puzzling as a former teacher and parent. Since they are working with the SEL (Social Emotional Learning) department, why aren’t these issues improving? The district requires spaces where students can de-stress in classrooms, such as mindfulness rooms on some campuses, where they conduct yoga and meditation (teachers use the app CALM). SEL also teaches character education via the Second Step curriculum and affirms all types of sexual behavior under the banner of anti-bullying. So, after listening to all the stats it was awkward to hear Julie Cowan (a board member) interject a recommendation to have dinner with your kids nightly. Wow! What a concept! Parents getting involved and taking responsibility for their kids’ actions. I spent the last 7 of my years as a teacher for AISD mentoring parents to advocate and take responsibility for their kids’ education and behavior. Every time they did just that, their kids would improve in all areas.
Three concerned parents shared the following.
Even after several concerned parents and local residents have shared with the committee about their families' values concerning the innocence and purity of their children, the SHAC members provided an invitation to a conference sponsored by PLANNED PARENTHOOD that targets all children and emphasizes reaching Hispanics and students with intellectual disabilities to teach them about sex. Click here for handout. Check out what the district is promoting and supporting when it comes to educating your children.
FYI – Michelle Rusnak, who is in charge of the sex ed curriculum announced that the district is moving forward with the sex ed program starting in Kinder (PK). No word yet on how much of Advocates for Youth's curriculum will be adopted.