|Dr. Patricia Mannix-McNamara|
Co-director of the Research Centre for
Education and Professional Practice
She feels that the incidences of corruption and dishonesty we see in industry and politics and the bullying prevalent in schools affirm that something is deeply wrong in society and that teachers are not trained, nor are they given the class time to focus on mental health needs, self esteem and values. Ireland has one of the highest teenage suicide rates of any country and Dr. Mannix-McNamara feels that schools are failing young people in the area of human development. She discussed the fact that Finnish schools, often touted as among the world’s very best, have moved away from the exam system and to a more holistic system of education.
Among the authors and researchers referenced was Sir Ken Robinson, with whom Dr. V and I are familiar. If you have not viewed his video on schools killing creativity, you may be interested in hearing his ideas http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html.
If you would like to read more about Finland's schools, here is an article from Smithsonian: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/Why-Are-Finlands-Schools-Successful.html.
How can classroom teachers ensure that they are not neglecting human development issues as they ensure that they are teaching as well?
What resources might help teachers in this effort?
Is this an area where elementary teachers have opportunities that secondary teachers may not?
Do teachers have a responsibility to do more than teach content?