The Children Left Behind

There is little doubt that Covid has placed our children at risk in more ways than one. With many schools opting for distance-learning since the March outbreak here in the United States, it was inevitable that the achievment gap would grow. With lower income areas dealing with children at home day after day, the strain has begun to show. The ability for these students to learn at home is proving to be difficult if not impossible.

New York City

With parents unable to find childcare they can afford, many students are left to their own devices during the day. Therefore, schoolwork is not getting done and worse the children are losing interest in learning. To expect children to stay on their computers with no distrations for hours at a time is not working. It is now a major crisis and one that will not be solved for a while.

Older secondary students are not immune from the virus in that they feel hopeless and demoralized. This has caused a rift between teachers and parents that gets downright ugly. With tensions at an all time high in this pandemic the only saving grace is that the vaccine is on the way.

This is my description of the heartbreaking reality of where we are as a nation. Hopefully, things will improve very soon, but in the meantime…

It’s Time…To Deal…with…School Violence…Once and for All…for All.

It’s time…to deal…with…School Violence…once and for all…for ALl.

With almost weekly reports of school violence in the United States, it’s becoming clear that the problem is Nschool_violenceOT going away anytime soon. Without swift and direct action just to get up to a defensive position in this never-ending battle, action is needed from the community at large. This means out-of-comfort-zone time for those brave enough to accept this challenge.

Open dialogue between parents and students is the most glaring need. But, the community must first put pressure on schools to stop “walking the other way” when “unpleasant” necessary action is in order. Without enthusiastic desire and an open and trusting relationship, this merging of two potential powerhouses will fade away and the violence will go unchecked as our desire to deal with it at all will becomes buried in malaise and denial.

I have decided and am as of now beginning a campaign that will assist in the nationwide effort to rid our public schools of the worst crisis in its history. My organization will be named Step Up and Act, and will begin by collecting and disseminating information to and about local school districts in the Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Southern Maryland areas. My organization will be a place of information and conflict resolution ideas that can be implemented in local school anviolence1d community organizations. The ultimate goal will be to assist and actively participate in anti-violence and conflict resolution implementation in school districts nationwide.

Why is this necessary? Why another program? Because the problem is outgrowing our ability to handle it. The only solution will come from inside the school buildings themselves. From the very individuals who are involved. Open dialogue can and will go a long way in educating all in positive conflict resolution leading to wider violence curbing measures.

More details will be forthcoming as will more public service messages like this one. Time is not kind to us now. We are in the crisis, and it shows no sign of abating.

Mark Jeffery Campayno