Mental Health is Not a JOKE!

Mental Health is Not a JOKE!

I’m on a role two blog post in one week! Go me! After having a rough start this week, I was inspired by Mr. Matthew Lothian blog post about Youth in Politics. I would definitely recommend going and checking out his blog post. I commend him and his school during internship about the political debate they held in their riding (Cypress Hills-Grassland) where they got all four political candidates to come to the school for the evening. But this isn’t what sparked my interest. It was actually what he quoted from U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders that made me decide to write a blog post instead of a comment. Now if anyone has been following the American Election or have been on any sort of social media site in the last couple of months of months you would know that as Mr. Lothian put oh so nicely,

The constant jarring and insults being thrown back and forth among the GOP candidates has been disgraceful. [It} …  resembles something that you may commonly see on a playground  amongst children.  Name calling, jokes on each other’s appearances, and inappropriate sexual genitalia innuendo digs.

At one point in a GOP debate, a “CNN’s closed captioner [was so] fed up with tonight’s GOP debate and doesn’t care who knows it” when they captioned this:

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Watch this hilarious video that someone created of their yelling match.

See when I first heard that Donald Trump was running for the election, I honestly thought it was a joke. Like a serious joke. But now it’s terrifying. One of our professors, Katia Hildebrandt wrote a blog post about why “Trump isn’t funny anymore. So why are we still silent?” She makes some great points and you should go read it. Honestly, as you can see from the video above Trump does NOTHING but talk over others. Obviously, when that happens you don’t get to hear both sides. He is also a sexist, racist (threats and making crowd members raise right hand) But I am getting off track, if you want to read more of Trumps horrible things, check out Katia post.
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What I want to talk about is Bernie Sanders.  Earlier this month in a debate Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton were discussing the GOP. Hilary has some negative comments and Bernie decides to respond with:

“You know, we are, if elected president, going to invest a lot of money into mental health, and when you watch these Republican debates, you know why we need to invest in that.”

It’s supposed to be a joke. I get it. Sort of. But I don’t find it funny. And neither did Twitter. Shortly after the debate, Bernie got some heat from Tweeters about how mental health is not a joke.

You can check out these articles here and here for more tweets.  There has been so much work with ending the stigma around mental health and to call the behaviour of GOP candidates is unbelievable rude, cruel and downright unacceptable. #BellLetsTalk is an awesome organization that helps to end the stigma around mental health. Even in our own community, we were able to come together and raise awareness. Check out our storify story here.

I personally think that Bernie Sanders comment was unnecessary. You not only took a stab the GOP candidates you also took a stab at every single person who is suffering from a mental illness, their family, and friends.

What are your thoughts on Bernie Sanders comment? Did he go to far or should every accept a joke?  I would love to hear all of your thoughts. 

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Do schools need a Principal?

Do schools need a Principal?

Honestly, today I am lost for words. Not in the sense that something shocked or surprised and I don’t know how to respond, but in the sense that I don’t know what to write about. Usually, I have an opinion on everything and anything but today/this past weekend I’ve just been unsure of what to write. Monday is my blogging day and I try to have something posted on this day.

So I tried, really hard for my huge fan base who have been dying all day to read my post (Just kidding I have like three followers) I’ve searched my Feedly and nothing has sparked my interest. I’ve scoured twitter, #edchat seeing if anything caught my eye. Nothing. But then I was on my Tumblr and now my Tumblr hasn’t always been used as a professional account but I’ve recently switched it over from personal use. I was scrolling through my feed not really looking for anything in particular. When BAM! “A School Without Principal? Yes, really.” Shows up on my feed.

I’m instantly curious about this article. Basically to sum it up if you don’t feel the need to read it yourself (I think you should go check it out) is that there are several schools in the United States that are solely run by the teachers in the school. These schools aren’t run like public schools, they are for parents and/or students who struggle to find connections in public school. They are also an extremely project based school where the teacher teaches students indirectly.

 

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At the teacher-powered Avalon Schoo, project-based learning is a key aspect of the school’s curriculum. Taken from the article.

 

I think that it is interesting having a school with no “top dog” for lack of a better word. How do they make sure that all teachers are consistent and similar across the board? They do mention having a vote on school policies which may work, I would love to get more information on this. But is this creating more work for teachers? It seems even if it is, it is not putting too much of a strain on teachers. One school (Avalon) has a retention rate of around 95% a year.

These kinds of school would definitely be interesting to actually take a look at.  I like how retention rate is well above public schools. We always hear about teachers quitting the professional within 5 years of working but Avalon seems to be doing something right. One statistic from “Why Do Teachers Quit” says anywhere from 40-50% of teachers quit within the first five years of teaching. Which is unbelievable! I can’t imagine in 5 years hating my job that I quit.One thing I didn’t really agree with is how they say there aren’t enough principals who are supportive of teachers. Now I can’t speak for everyone but I have never had a problem with my principal being unsupportive.

One thing I didn’t really agree with is how they say there aren’t enough principals who are supportive of teachers. Now I can’t speak for everyone but I have never had a problem with my principal being unsupportive. I liked this blog post about supportive principals.

What do you think of teacher-led schools? How do you think it would be like without a principal?Do you think principals are valuable in the school? Or can they be replaced with teacher committees? Is this what we should expect in the next couple years to rise? I would love to hear other peoples thoughts!