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Graduation Rates Declining, Suicides Up; Educational Consultant Calls for Widespread Change

Dr. Deborah Miller says public schools missing biggest factor in education
Vancouver, Washington – Graduation rates across the U.S. are declining. Twenty states report a decline over the last year despite loosening standards for graduation.
According to educational consultant, Dr. Deborah J.A. Miller, remote learning hasn’t worked for the majority of students. She points out that today’s youth are bombarded by negativity – inflation, the pandemic, over-population, and fears of global ecological collapse. These play into the psyche of young people who are ill-equipped to handle the strain. It is little wonder so many are choosing to end their lives rather than face a world with little hope.
The author of Teacher, Do You Love Me? says the problem with public education is that it has become fractured into personal interest groups. Kids, she says, are more interested in developing self than in being indoctrinated by LGBTQ, BLM, or Defund the Police dogma. To bolster graduation rates, many districts use hasty, low-quality credit recovery courses to streamline students through the system. “There is too much impatience in education,” says Miller. “This happens when we live a life always in a hurry—too much to do, too many commitments, too many goals, and items on a checklist.”
The reason we’ve seen so much depression and suicide during the pandemic has to do with shutting students out of their primary means of connecting. “They have been deprived of their emotional and sensorial – in other words, a lack of love.” Babies have a need for touch but so do older adults and teenagers too. That’s gone as we’ve stayed cloistered, masked, and away from friend groups. “This is a perfect storm of psychological collapse if we ignore the trends in student’s mental health,” says Miller.
What’s the solution? Dr. Miller says we need to begin focus on the needs of students and that involves connection, love, kindness – basic values that have been part of Christian experience. If parents see their children withdrawing, she encourages them to take it seriously and consider other alternatives to public education.


To schedule an interview contact Don Otis at 719.275.7775

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