Letters to the Editor

Schools need positive learning environments

Today’s 21st century classroom looks a lot different than it did 30 years ago. Across the state, students are entering schools every day faced with adverse personal, home and evniromental issues, as well as heavy mental burdens created by the “technology explosion” of social media.

Student behaviors might appear to be a classroom out of control. Actually, it may be a cry for attention. The student may be seeking additional positive influences to help navigate and stand strong in the face of traumatic issues.

It is time for communities to reach out and support mental health by implementing programs in our schools and communities to support positive learning environments. Adults can be influential models to help our students successfully cope with the pressures of the future.

Karen Hartlep

Sunny Story

Cedar Rapids

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