Deflecting and Blaming

  • Teresa L. Sullivan


The education reform agenda of the last several decades as primarily economic, credentialing, and vocational preparation for the workforce has replaced and even pushed out, other visions or traditions such as the humanistic possibilities of education and the public and civic purposes of education. Current political and economic positions shift student behavioral health responsibilities to the realm of the schools and simultaneously divert attention from structural issues such as inequality and poverty. The context of recent education reform asks schools to mitigate adverse emotional/behavioral health of students by developing and implementing broad programming, curriculum, and policies immersed in cognitive behavioral approaches designed to build resilience and develop strategies in students that will enable them to succeed despite adverse structural conditions.


Education reform Poverty Emotional health Curriculum 


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  • Teresa L. Sullivan
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  1. 1.PlymouthUSA

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