Tuesday, November 10, 2009
There was a better answer at that particular school, one closer to the ground, that for being on the spot a bit, I didn't state. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, as a result of Aspirations related efforts in that school, 8% more students this year than last year say they have a teacher they can talk with if they have a problem. The longitudinal increase among seniors over the two years of the work is 19%. For juniors there is a 10% increase. With just over 200 juniors and seniors in this school that means 29 more students this year than last year--real kids, with real problems--believe they have another adult in their life they can turn to in difficulty.
In a small rural town with its share of social ills, I can't tell you if the problems those kids wind up bringing, should they arise, are a poor quiz grade or concerns about a friend contemplating suicide. And while the latter example may be dramatic it is, sadly, no less real. There is no way to measure fully the impact of a change like that on the future. I know it has made a difference for 29 kids in a small school in Montana. Not a bad reason to go to work.
Posted by Michael J. Corso, Ph.D. at 9:13 AM