The findings of this study align with experiences in our communities of neurodivergent and disabled people, where we reframe “school refusal” as “school-induced anxiety”. Bullying is only a part of the problem.
We elaborate on the problems in “Education Access: We’ve Turned Classrooms Into a Hell for Neurodivergence” and “The Need: Anti-Ableist Space for Human-Centered Learning“.
The number of autistic young people who stop attending mainstream schools appears to be rising.
My research suggests these absent pupils are not rejecting learning but rejecting a setting that makes it impossible for them to learn.
We need to change the circumstances.Walk in My Shoes – The Donaldson Trust
Suicidology update: School closures & Child suicide
These economists *really* analyse the data in technical ways to demonstrate the key point i made way back:
Child suicide dropped tremendously when “school shutdowns highest,” & increased when schools opened
People who follow me are used to this data, of course, but they ran it statistically to correspond at the county level to foot traffic, school foot traffic, seasonality, and in a number of covariates like race and method.
they posit a bullying/school stress hypothesis
The net effect until the last possible month we can measure (May 2022)?
Originally tweeted by Tyler Black, MD (@tylerblack32) on December 26, 2022.
- have not increased since the pandemic
- decreased sharply during the period of strongest school closures
- are strongly associated with school attendance