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Domestic Issues Affecting Students and Teachers and the Dang

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Dr. Colleen Story

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Domestic Issues Affecting Students and Teachers and the Dangers Faced by Youths
Child Abuse
Students who are abused may arrive to school hungry, bruised, and depressed. They may arrive early/stay late as school becomes a sanctuary from the abuse. As a teacher, you will need to report suspected abuse to your supervisor and then make sure you supervisor followed up with the appropriate agency. Schools can be proactive and provide parents workshops on parenting skills.
Suicide
Is the third leading cause of death among adolescents. Attempted suicides are a cry for help. As a teacher, you need to be aware of the signs that a student is thinking about suicide. Some warning signs include change in mood, sleep pattern, anxiety, and withdrawal.
Economic Stress
Families are suffering from the recent recession. More students are coming to school hungry. Students worry their families do not have enough money. Families need more health and social support but schools are reducing these services because of budget cuts.
Homelessness
Families with low incomes often temporarily end up homeless. Children that are homeless can attend school. However, they may not be able to focus effectively on academics. Schools must provide a high quality education to students.
Sexual Harassment
Is a common occurrence for many students. The most common type of sexual harassment is verbal. Sexual harassment can be done in person, on social networks, e-mail, and text.
Bullying
Bullying is a huge issue in our schools today. Bullying is defined as behavior of students who establish dominance over another student through physical or verbal harassment that is perpetuated over time on the victim. Bullying can take place in person or electronically. Bullying electronically is called cyber-bullying. With cyber-bullying a victim may not know who is doing the bullying. As a teacher, you cannot ignore bullying in school. One way you can help decrease bullying is by modeling appropriate behaviors.
Children Left Home Alone
With family structures today many students are left home alone after school. When a child is left home alone more injuries and accidents occur. They are also at risk for behavior problems, lower social competence, and poorer academic performance. They are more apt to smoke, drink alcohol, and do drugs. As a teacher, you will want to be sensitive to these realities.
Sexuality and Pregnancy
Sexuality begins in the early teenage years. Many teenagers associate sex with adulthood. Girls associate sex with being accepted. Boys associate sex with power. Teenage pregnancy rates are declining but still remain high. Teen mothers need to stay involved with school for the welfare of the baby and herself.
Substance Abuse
Teenagers will question whether or not to experiment with cigarettes, alcohol or drugs. Alcohol is the number one choice of drug among teenagers.
Economic Realities
Students worry about their future economic conditions. After-school jobs are beneficial to students; however, not many students have jobs. The lack of employment opportunities contributes to low self-esteem.
Prejudice and Discrimination
Prejudice
-A preconceived negative attitude toward the members of a group.

Discrimination
-The process that prevents members of a specific group from participating equally in society. These include legislation, policies, and practices that treat persons differently in the judicial, educational, and social systems based on their group memberships.
Racism, Sexism, and Ableism
Racism
-The conscious or unconscious belief that racial differences make one group superior to others.

Sexism
-Is based on sex or gender, especially against women and girls. Sexism can be a belief that one sex is superior to or more valuable than another sex.

Ableism
-The conscious or unconscious belief that persons with disabilities are inferior to persons without disabilities.
Engagement in School
The last challenge we are going to discuss is engagement is school.

Leaving School Early
-Three in four students who enter 9th grade will graduate with a regular diploma.

Access to Technology
-Not all families can provide technology in the home. This can lead to students not completing school on time.
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