The Stressed Child, #2

Thanks to those who have gently prodded the Parent Imperfect concerning thisprevious post.

It is true that Michael Thompson spoke as if the policies and practices of the school are to be taken as a given, and we need to find better ways to help our children cope. He was clear at the beginning of his talk that he is not a “school reformer.”

But even as a psychologist and not a reformer, one expects that he is asked to speak into discussions of educational policy and practice at the Belmont Hill School. Since he sees firsthand that the practices of the school chew up a certain number of students, he probably makes recommendations to changes to school practices that would lessen the chewing without changing the school’s educational mission. Since that same discussion certainly takes place somewhere in the school that we were all sitting in, it would have been good to hear more about those recommendations.

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