Proposal Feedback: Mental Health for Children

Lindsey Simon's picture

I really enjoyed reading Stefan and Troy's proposal on mental health education for children in the classroom. Not only is this matter extremely prevalent in our society, but it is also a rising issue across all ages, so clearly there is need for a reform. I think their idea to incorporate this education into the school system is a great one, as school is the one constant for all children. So, if there is a mandated education for all students then each rising adolescent will have the same knowledge on the matter just like they do for math, science, english, and social studies courses. 

Beginning with their media artifact, I think these authors did a great job making a visually appealing, yet also informative and concise piece of media that presents the issue at large. What I liked the most was the use of graphics and quotations that made their argument stronger. Furthermore, the addressing of a past bill that has already been past by legislature helped create a platform for their potential solutions, and I think that this strengthened their argument even more thus promoting their proposal further. 

In their proposal, their list of possible solutions caught my eye. In particular, solutions 3 and 4 stating:

  • SOLUTION 3: This could also take the form of informing parents instead of students themselves, and using parent teacher conferences as a way to disseminate information through handouts and a conversation. This could also be done in a forum style event. 
  • SOLUTION 4: Website resource with information sponsored by the Department of Education which all schools can link to on their own school websites, with resources and education topics catered to different age groups of students as well as parents/advocates of students. 

I thought these two solutions were interesting because instead of dealing with the students themselves, they were asking the government to educate their parents so that they would be aware of the potential signs in order to obtain help for their child. I believe that this is very important and could be an additional aspect of the passed legislature if this proposal is brought to Lansing, but I agree with their decision to expand upon their other solution to implement mental health education for the students themselves so that they are aware of the issues. In this solution, providing students with the proper education will incline them to bring home the information that they have learned and present it to their parents. I know that whenever I learned something new in school I would love to tell my parents, so maybe a part of the program could be obtaining a parent signature on certain assignments regarding the issue so that teachers know that the child's parents have seen and read the information as well.

Lastly, the aspects of funding laid out in their proposal was inticing as well. Stefan and Troy made sure to note that the cost would not be monetary, but it would be a time commitment for teachers. As an intended future teacher, I know that I will always have the best interest of my students at heart, and I think that this kind of education has so much value for all future generations that the time commitment doesn't even seem to be a burden. If framed correctly, teachers will be inclined to help their students, and having support from the educational system could in turn incline the legislation to pass this proposal. 

In all, I think this is a great example of what a proposal should look like, and I hope that other MSC members agree.