We Need To Talk About Pressure

In early February, a family friend shared this powerful article about a young boy’s suicide and the note he left behind for family and friends. I read the article, the note, found myself nodding my head in agreement, and over the past two months have thought about this young boy so many times that I knew I had to write about him. His story is one of pain and pressure, of constantly feeling the stress from a society that’s saying ‘more more more.’

As an educator, and someone who works closely with kids and teens, this story was heartbreaking. We need to talk about pressure; we need to talk about what this pressure looks like in the lives of our students. Continue reading

Drugs, Alcohol, & Death – Is The Literature We Give Our Young Students Negatively Influencing Them?

Contemporary Young Adult Literature has changed exponentially in recent years, moving from simple stories like the Magic Tree House series and The Baby Sitters Club to current YA Best Sellers, like This Is Where It Ends, which tells the story of a school shooting, and Thicker Than Water, which, as Google Books describes, is “a heartbreaking tale of family tragedy and drug addiction where sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcomes.” Continue reading