When it comes to addressing students’ mental health needs, schools often operate under the notion that there isn’t a problem because they don’t see one. Consequently, most teachers did not get much, if any, specialized training returning from a pandemic. They likely lack understand of the problem because they never lived through one.
What educators need to realize is that, during virtual learning, there were students who spent 24 hours a day without love for an entire year. Some were likely dealing with much worse.
(1) Put simply, teachers are not getting the training, the support, (2) and the mental health and wellness care that they desperately need. And, it matters who the mental health professionals are and what their backgrounds are — especially whether their training focused on kids.
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