The Effects of Deployment on Students By Mallory Ridenour EduW200 Module 6
Article 1 Summary Article 2 Summary Article 3 Summary Conclusion Article 1 Summary Article 2 Summary Article 3 Summary References Article 1 Personal Reflection Article 2 Personal Reflection Article 3 Personal Reflection Video
“ For the first time in the country's history, there are more military dependents (spouses/children) than service members. In fact, there are over 2 million children who have one or both parents in the military, and about half of these young people attend U.S. public schools”( Sherman, Glenn , 2011).
This article is about the challenges military families face because of the military. Although half of the students go to public schools, the other half probably live of bases where there are tons of other people in a situation like their own. For the students that go to public schools, school may be a challenge because most of their peers, and even teachers, may not know how to deal with the student.
This article is about how more than 2 million service members have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. This war is called the Global War on Terrorism. That would mean that there are more students and spouses than number of service members.
“The authors hope that these statistics and practical suggestions will motivate and empower school psychologists to remember that military kids truly do "serve" the country, deserve one's appreciation, and may need some extra support along the way” ( Sherman, Glenn, 2011).
This quote is saying kids serve the country too because they sacrifice a lot having a parent in the military, especially while deployed. This article is hoping to offer suggestions on how to deal with students that are part of military families because their situations are so unique. In the article, it also states how deployment effects youth, especially in school. This article also may open up people’s eyes to the demographics of today’s military and how many people are serving with a family. The family is just as important as the service member, without the family the service member wouldn’t be the same.
Reflection and 3 “A-ha moments” from Article 1
This article really hits home with me. Although I do not have kids, my fiancée is in Afghanistan and I know how hard it can be to concentrate on school at times. I can imagine how hard it would be for a student, for example elementary, because they may not fully understand why one of their parents is gone, and then to add school on top of it makes it difficult.
3 “A-ha moments” from this text:
There are more spouses/kids than service members.
Kids need some extra comfort while a parent is gone, even just to acknowledge that their parent is okay will do.
The family is just as important as the service member themselves. The service member relies on the family’s support to keep them going when times get hard.
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“ It is easier to talk to your friends that are in the military and know what is going on, they feel the same way when their parents are gone, than talking to a guidance counselor, because all they can say is oh yeah I know how you feel, really they don’t understand at all. (student, air force base)” (Mmari,2009).
This quote was pulled directly from the Article 2. This article is about how students cope with their parents deployment and how it effects them. This quote is a perfect example why students struggle with deployments. If someone has never been through something, then they really do not understand what you are going through. If students go to public schools it will be a lot harder to find someone who understands what they are going through.
“ From the limited number of studies that do exist, it has been established that parental deployment is positively associated with higher levels of adolescent depression (Jensen, Martin, & Watanabe, 1996), worse academic performance (Hiew, 1992), increased irritability and impulsiveness (Hillenbrand, 1976), and greater demands for attention (Rosen, Teitelbaum, & Westhuis, 1993).” ( Mmari, 2009).
This quote is evidence as to how a deployment effects a student. Students leaves of depression increases which will make school harder than It already can be. Students academic performance can decrease because if a parent is deployed that parent may have helped them with their homework, or their parent that is home is too busy with everything else to even help the student. Parents need to focus on their kids more to make sure they are doing well in school. I would say some of these reasons are the parent who is home fault.
“ For my younger child, my husband is the one that does all of the fun stuff with the kids and right now, it is kind of difficult. I have to take on the role of the mom and dad and work, and it is hard for them too–their play person is gone and it is big challenge for us right now. (mother, air force base)”(Mmari,2009).
This article is talking about all of the challenges students face while a parent is deployed and how it will effect them not only in the classroom but in everyday life. Although this article offers suggestion on how to fix all the problems that may arise, the best solution would be the impossible one… to have that parent home now!
Reflection and 3”A-ha moments” from Article 2
This article really does open up my eyes to what families all have to face when a part of the family may leave to go to war. It is the whole family who is effected by the deployment. Students tend to do worse while a parent is deployed and can even suffer from depression. I realized it is very important for the parent to keep up with the students school to see how they are doing. This article also made me think about if I have kids and if they have to lead the military life, how it may be a big struggle.
3 “A-ha moments” from this text:
Students can suffer from depression while a parent is deployed.
Older students have more access to media so they tend to worry about their parent more because they may know what is actually going on. This can cause anxiety and other issues.
Older students understand that their parent may not come back alive or the same and older students also see how a lot of individuals view the war as negative. I never realized that until reading this article.
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“ After nearly a decade of U.S. military action in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, extended deployments have become a new norm--and an academic and emotional burden--for military children.” (Sparks, 2011).
This article is about the hardships kids face while their parent is away. Students grades start to drop slowly but surely.
“ Overall, every month a parent is gone seems to hurt a student's academic achievement a little, researchers found. In Washington, for example, each additional month of deployment was associated with about an average 1.18-point difference in the reading achievement scale score.” ( Sparks, 2011).
This quote is stated directly from the article about how students grades slowly decline from a deployment. Although it may not seem significant at the time, if you add up multiple months it can become quite drastic. This article is talking about the academic difficulties schools and students may and can face during a deployment.
"Teachers and counselors told us that, in many cases, the only way they learn a child's parent has been deployed is when the child's grades are dropping, and the parent or guardian informs the school that the mom or dad was deployed," said Amy Richardson, the lead author of the report and a policy researcher at RAND.” ( Sparks, 2011).
This quote was pulled directly from the article and is showing how unaware teachers may be of student’s personal lives. It is important for teachers to understand their students in case a student’s grade start to slip . If the grades start the slip, the teacher may be able to explain why. It is also important for the parent to inform the school so they will know, otherwise they may have no idea.
Reflection and 3 “A-ha moments” from Article 3
This article is by far the most helpful for the point I am trying to get across. Teachers may not realize what a student is going through and why their grades are declining. As a future teacher, this article makes me realize I need to be aware of instances like these. I need to really understand my students. This article also made me realize kids grades drop slowly not just over night. I may have to offer students extra help to help them raise their grades.
3 “A-ha moments” from this text:
Most teachers do not realize what is going on in students life, unless the parent informs them.
Deployment effects students academically and emotionally.
Students with a deployed parent have lower tests scores than their peers.
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After reading all of these articles, it made me thankfully that I did not group up as a “military brat”. I am very thankful that I didn’t have to move around and deal with a parent being deployed. Although having my fiancée deployed has opened my eyes up and made me more thankful for everything, it would be very different to be young and a student. I am old enough to figure things out , while a young student may be confused as to why their parent had to go for months or even more than a year. After reading and researching these articles I also took into account how students can perform worse in school due to a deployment and how nobody may understand what the student is going through. Researching these articles is good for a future teacher because you never know what background students may come from and what is going on in their life at this time.
Sherman, M. D.; Glenn, M. A. (2011). ERIC . Opportunities for School Psychologists Working with Children of Military Families. 39, 17-19. Retrieved June 19,2011, from http://ERIC.edu.gov .
Mmari, K. (2009, June). When a Parent Goes to War. SAGE Journal. 40(4), 455-475.
Retrieved June 19, 2011 from http://yas.sagepub.com .
Sparks, S. D., (2011, April). Parents' Deployments Found to Exact a Toll on Students' Learning; Military children's problems often go undetected. Bethesda, 30(28), 15.Retrieved June 19, 2011 from http://proquest.umi.com.
A video that shows how a deployment really effects a student and how much they miss their parent.