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Educational Trauma



As a clinical and forensic psychologist and P16 educator, I am very concerned about the ACEs in education. I believe Educational Trauma is the "inadvertent perpetration and perpetuation of victimization by educational systems against consumers and producers of the system."


Introduced the concept here:


And, wrote about it in Pedagogies of Kindness and Respect: On the Lives and Education of Children.


Welcome thoughts and collaboration with other concerned parties.


Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD
Author & Co-Learner; EMDR Certified Clinical Psychologist, License #19540
President & Chief Executive Officer, The Connect Group, a 501(c)3 corporation  
Co-Founder, The Connect Group School,


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Dear Kary,

Thank you for commenting on my post. I was very touched by your experience, and the clarity with which you see it. Karen Horowitz wrote "White Chalk Crime," and says that teachers are abused and scapegoated by the educational system. She compiled 678 pages of stories... May I help with your noble cause of shedding light on teacher trauma? Please email me drgray(at)me(dot)com if you are interested. Teachers need a team of heroes!



I was a teacher for the last 7 years and have had to leave permanently because I felt the stress created by the education system was causing real harm to the students, their families, and myself. The environment triggered me because it reminded me of my own dysfunctional family - never talk about the real problems and push all issues under the rug, and find a worthy scapegoat. The scapegoat was the administration. I tried everything to stay in education - I adored working with the kids - but I finally had to realize that they were paying me to produce test scores. And I was there to mentor and help kids find their gifts and potential. It seems I misunderstood why I was hired. Lots of sanctuary/educational trauma. Lots of ingrained processes that no longer serve children anymore and higher and higher expectations to uber succeed. My newfound purpose is to start shifting education to be trauma informed. Starting with the teacher trauma first. It's very raw in education right now and they need a hero.

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