Developing the Whole Child
Darien is nationally known for its excellent academics. Most of our students rise to the academic challenges put in front of them. However, we must ensure that the mental health of Darien’s children is carefully considered and supported from start to finish. Darien is a tough town to grow up in - there are pressures placed on our children from many different sources. We must ask ourselves if we have the support and Social Emotional curriculum in place to ensure our children leave this district intellectually and psychologically prepared for whatever is next for them. We must ensure that our community’s priorities are appropriate, and whether being one of the top ranked districts in the nation comes at the expense of raising less mentally healthy children. We can do both, but we need to give this area some much needed analysis and attention.