From the Whole School Initiative, a product of the nut cases at the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development:
As supporters of the Whole Child Initiative, we understand that students' basic physiological and psychological needs must be satisfied before they can fully engage in learning, relationships, and community. Many students come to school with unmet needs, including a disproportionate number of students from low-income homes. As a result, these students are often less motivated, more alienated, and poorer academic performers than their more affluent peers.
School counselors, psychologists, and social workers provide invaluable support to both students and teachers that profoundly impacts student achievement. However, the impact of student support staff is often dramatically reduced due to the high student to support staff ratio.
Now Is the Time to Take Action
Please contact your members of the U.S. House and Senate and tell them not to wait another day to cosponsor the INCREASED STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT THRROUGH INCREASED STUDENT SUPPORT Act. This legislation will increase recruitment and retention of school-based mental health staff in schools with at least 20 percent of families below the poverty line.
Learn more about this issue and what you can do to prioritize student support in your community. Thank you for making your voice heard on behalf of whole child education. Our children deserve it. Our future demands it.