Schools Must Include Well-Being and Mental Health in Curriculum

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CMRubinWorld and top teachers around the world take on mental health and well-being and the ways in which schools and communities must address the problem.

Today’s students face many different environmental, social and economic challenges compared to the generations that came before them. What’s the link between worldwide shootings and mental health?  What’s the link between the opioid epidemic and mental health? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number of children and adolescents admitted to children’s hospitals for, “thoughts of suicide or self-harm” more than doubled during the last decade. A study of South African students reported that 24.5% of the students in its sample expressed, “some form of suicidal ideation in the two weeks before they were interviewed.” A global study by the OECD/PISA of approximately 540,000 students in 72 countries showed that over the last decade student well-being has seriously declined.

CMRubinWorld asked teachers globally to discuss the role of education in promoting wellness.

Nadia Lopez says that in the last 5 months she has, “dealt with three cases of suicidal ideations that required medical attention, investigated allegations of cyber bullying and saw an increased number of scholars with anxiety associated with the pressures of school.” Vicki Davis states that she will never carry a gun into her classroom but that educators need to focus on fostering compassionate caring individuals with, “a determination to change the world.” Maarit Rossi from Finland believes that educators need to, “look at the whole education system.” While schools can make, “small changes with class projects,” meaningful changes in students’ well-being requires “more structural changes.”

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CMRubinWorld’s Top Global Teachers are based all over the world. They are Rashmi Kathuria, Jim Tuscano, Craig Kemp, Elisa Guerra Cruz, Koen Timmers, Maarit Rossi, Vicki Davis, Miriam Mason-Sesay, Shaelynn Fransworth, Carl Hooker, Adam Steiner, Warren Sparrow, Nadia Lopez, Richard Wells, Armand Doucet, Jelmer Evers and Michael Soskil.

CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century education, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers in education. The Top Global Teacher Bloggers is a monthly series and an important platform through which CMRubinWorld has propagated the voices of the most indispensable people in our learning institutions—teachers.

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