New York and Virgina have just passed laws staying that schools must teach mental health as part of their curriculum. It may be an offset of the physical education curriculum.
What do you think about this idea? I think it’s a long time coming, but why didn’t we think of it earlier when basic pe has been enforcers in schools for soooo long. Is America getting sicker, and that’s why we need this now? Or is America getting smarter and preparing to enter a period of mass consciousness?




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  1. ladybarbara 11 months ago

    I think mental health would be great to teach the kids, if it teaches responsibility and accountability and every action has a consequence.

    This self-entitled, everyone gets a trophy shit has to stop.

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  2. griz 11 months ago

    I would have to see the curriculum to say one way or the other. Such things were traditionally in the realm of parental teaching, usually by example and proxy: with most productive couples being healthy, and those who weren’t standing painfully apparent as the anomalies.

    A State-run curriculum (possibly a recognition of parental and societal failure) would need stringent scrutiny so it didn’t run into the kind of indoctrination often seen in the 210th Century when the State took over traditional parental roles,

    There’s also the observation that a healthy spirit works to heal the mind. I wonder what possible State-run curriculum could possibly broach that?

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      Scarlett 11 months ago

      @griz are you suggesting that most American couples raising children were and are emotionally healthy?

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      • griz 11 months ago

        @Scarlett
        I’m dating myself with my own childhood experience.

        Even though we were the dysfunctional family putting on a good show of being functional. (People granted us great leeway with the awareness that my mom was ill, and terminal)
        But in a way this made me all the more aware of all the good and mostly functional families around us. They were the “real” that we pretended to be. In hindsight I was subconsciously aware of this at suppers and at sleep-overs. (Do kids even still do that??)

        But I see hope in that this was the norm within my lifetime experience. (Though I’m increasingly aware in my travels that this was likely not the American experience of a similar era.)

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  3. fosheet 11 months ago

    I feel like we, as Americans, want to “fix” the problem, but don’t want to out in the actual work, and hold the correct people responsible for their actions.

    I am hopeful for this idea, but only see it as a bandaid for the larger problem. Bullies aren’t being held responsible for their actions, until the actions have become transgressions (ie. The kid shoots up the school, the gf convinces her bf to kill himself, etc).

    As far as help in our familial lives, I don’t see many parents allowing their kids to learn daddy drinking and passing out is not healthy and that relates to the overall family dynamic, why mommy is sad and they fight all the time, etc. Adults tend to want to overlook the actual problems, until it has korphed into something that is uncontrollable and somehow no longer in their direct control and therefore they are not directly responsible for it.

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      Scarlett 11 months ago

      @fosheet what would it mean to hold a bully responsible? would this be punitive? or do we need to rewire their brains aka neuroscience?

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  4. Yin 11 months ago

    I think it is a fantastic idea if it is done well. I was never taught how I was suppose to feel with the feelings and ideas I have. Kids need to see the signs as soon as possible and need to be able to talk to people about their issues. Kids need to see and identify signs that maybe their friends are going through some issues. Until we can find the direct causes and reasons and fix it at the base level, things like this are needed to keep us at least semi-stable. I think we are becoming all of those things. We have the internet and are smart enough to see the blatant signs that we are pretty sick and need help. I’m not 100% sure what you mean by “mass consciousness,” but I can see it being possible with the way I see it. Like, are we talking about how the internet helps us find like-minded individuals and we, for the most part, stick to our bubble of folks? Or are we going the Joe Rogan route where the idea is that one day we will hook our brain to everyone else’s and basically become one? Could also be something else I haven’t thought of.

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      Scarlett 11 months ago

      @Yin all good points. I would point out that there are going to be people who aren’t ready for what would be taught in a mental health class. have you ever read something and not understood it at all, but then looked at it ten years later and completely got it? It is going to be the same way with the kids. some will be able to absorb It and It will be some benefit.
      what I mean my mass consciousness is a critical number of people becoming aware. If a critical number of people become aware then a change can be made.

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      • Yin 11 months ago

        @Scarlett Yea, I get it won’t be perfect, but at least some would have it. If the person doesn’t absorb it now, maybe it can latch on and be absorbed later.

        Ah, alright. I think that falls a bit in line with the internet bubbles thing, but maybe we can get to a point where certain ideas are universal truths? I wish I could name slavery as one, but there are still slaves in the world today. I just don’t get it.

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