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Yes. It very rarely taken into account that the most dangerous place for many kids is the home.
It's true. It's a dilemma we face as educators and even more so as a society. Balancing the pressure over test scores and meeting my students' needs is a struggle every single year. Even though the latter is by far more important to the student and ultimately to their ability to learn, the pressure is often great. It's nice to have a reminder like this once in awhile. :)
It must be hard to deal with when you have to be both a teacher and social worker. Though, I suppose you are in a way lucky that their awareness isn't as high as later during their teens. You probably get the bad behavior of the kid utterly confused when the stability of the home is shaken.
It certainly manifests itself differently when they're younger as opposed to when they're teenagers. Heck, teenagers are awful and full of angst under the best of circumstances. :) But, as an educator, it's probably all relative. A set of standard expectations for a needy 7 year old is equally difficult to that of the standard expectations for a needy 17 year old. While I'm all for high expectations (my expectations for my students are extremely high), for some though, that's just making it TO SCHOOL each day. I'm climbing down from my soapbox now and biding my time until my week off next week. :)