Monday, August 11, 2014

Does JCPS need its head examined for hiring 15 more mental health counselors?

Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) are hiring 15 more mental health counselors in order to "decrease barriers to learning." Of course, there are some who would say that JCPS itself is a barrier to learning.

Public school educators have somehow gotten the idea that if you divert your resources into non-academic areas, it will help academics. No one has apparently noticed that the more time and money we spend trying to make schools into umbrella social service agencies, the less well they seem to do.

One wonders about the relative benefits of 15 new mental health counselors rather than, say, 15 new math or reading teachers.

It makes sense to me, but, then again, I don't have an education degree.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's crazy, so, there you go.