This weekend I attended the wake of a former student's mother, who committed suicide at age 31. The little girl was only 10, being raised by her grandmother as her mom had drug and mental health issues.
Too often lately, children are being impacted by the bad choices or the poor parenting of their parents. The schools then must support these needy children as best we can.
The older I get and the longer I am in education (over 35 years), the more and more angry I become at the lack of support for these young children. Who can learn when their lives are so disrupted and uncertain?
As a society we need to step in sooner and provide support and/or loving, secure homes for these children. Too often cuts are made to the very programmes that would give these families needed support.