SCHOOLS ARE NOT A PANACEA

This might sound like a cop-out but as a long term school educator, I am glad to be retired. The issues and essences of dealing with peripheral issues, yet issues central to student well-being are growing and expanding on schools in an overwhelming manner.

Bullying in all its forms is taking on the form of a gigantic cloud handing over all schools. The impact is on all students from primary through to tertiary levels.

School focus on academics is being increasing pushed to one side by social agendas. Educators are being battered by demands emanating vfrom government, systems, other social institutions and the community. They are supposed, through the efforts of their staff, to be the fixers of all ills. Schools and staff are being crushed by expectational pressures.

This is a matter that needs to be recognised and addressed.

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