Friday, March 18, 2011

Cuts in Education Resources Have Dire Consequences

A recent nationwide study showed that first grade students have a higher chance of developing mental disorders if there isn't enough resources in the school.

School who don't receive proper resources, such as funding for adequate teaching materials, showed higher stress levels amongst not just teacher, but also students. These early moments of anxiety are connected to mental and developmental disorders.

This is another reason the United States needs to take another look at their public education, an issue that has taken a back seat in recent years. It's not only in regards to the actual learning aspect of school, but also the nurturing of the students. When funding gets cut, it not only effects a child's intelligence, but now we're finding it effects their mental well being.

Even the children are realizing the type of education they are receiving, and are upset by it. We think children don't notice or don't understand what is happening around them. However, they see that the teacher cannot concentrate on their advancement because he/she has to worry about 30 other children in the class. This causes them to feel like they are a burden or unwanted. This sets up depression, especially at such an impressionable age. This is just one of many examples.

We need to make education a priority. Students need to be reassured that they are getting the best quality education they can possibly receive. They also need to feel as if they are cared for. If this doesn't happen, then there will be more issues than we can ever realize.

-Lena Asfour

For the original article, click here!

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