Bringing the Joy
We have waited a little apprehensively for students to return to school this year—but the first week at St. Johnsbury Academy has turned our concern to delight. I’m pleased to report that our young people are ready to go.
In the spring we worried about absences, attitudes of helplessness, students saying “I can’t do it,” and above all, anxiety—not only among students but among adults. Some students simply did not want to come to school after two years of pandemic-affected learning, an aversion so widespread that “school avoidance” has recently become an official disorder. And we saw and read about many teachers who have burned out and left the profession entirely. The resulting shortage of teachers is now a national crisis.