Editorial roundup: Georgia | Herald of Rock Hill

Brunswick News. June 21, 2022.

Editorial: Solutions Needed to Help Teachers Avoid Burnout

Community leaders and federal, state, and local elected officials receive a series of studies and reports over the course of a year. There are so many of them, in fact, that one has to wonder how much time — if any significant time — is given to each new presentation.

There is only a limited amount of data and information that the human mind can absorb and process at any time. There are only a limited number of urgent problems, urgent crises and essential activities that an individual can manage and maintain a reasonable level of productivity and sanity. Look in the comics to find Superman and Wonder Woman.

That said, there is one study, a recently published report, the results of which shouldn’t really surprise anyone, but they can’t be dismissed. It needs to be tackled, and it needs to be tackled as soon as possible.

At issue: the worrying exodus of men and women from the field of education. The cause: burnout. In a survey conducted by the Professional Association of Educators of Georgia, 31% of respondents said they were unlikely or very unlikely to stay in the field of education for five more years.

The culprit is a combination of various factors beyond the control of educators. In addition to feeling obligated to teach the tests from which students’ progress is assessed each year from a national perspective, they feel a growing sense of devaluation by the unsolicited micromanagement of classroom lessons by state and federal politicians. . The COVID-19 pandemic also continues to be a major cause of frustration.

Then there is discipline. Despite repeated pleas for help, student disciplinary support continues to receive the same response from policy makers that a deadbeat gives to a debt collector: the check is in the mail. All of this and more takes time away from the classroom and adds hours of lesson planning, which only intensifies the fatigue.

There is no easy remedy, especially given the state of politics today. Teachers are caught between left and right, between liberal and conservative philosophies. Barking dogs are in all directions.

Nevertheless, a cure must be found. Without one, the difficulty of finding good teachers tomorrow will be more difficult than it is today. And who knows how difficult it will be to recruit teachers in the days following tomorrow.

The losers, of course, will be the children and, ultimately, the state and the nation. In other words, everyone.

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Valdosta Daily Times. June 21, 2022.

Editorial: It’s going to be hot

It’s going to be hot this week.

Really hot.

We all know how hot it can get here in South Georgia, but forecasters say that mid-week daytime temperatures could be in the triple digits, and that’s just air temperature, not the heat index.

We encourage everyone to take a few simple precautions.

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says high temperatures kill hundreds of people each year with more than 700 heat-related deaths in the United States each year, many of them right here in the Deep South.

People 65 and older are most at risk for heat-related illnesses, along with children under 2 and people with mental illnesses or chronic illnesses, according to the CDC.

We encourage our readers to watch the elderly and vulnerable during these heat waves.

Here are some specific recommendations from the CDC for those who are most vulnerable when exposed to excessive heat for long periods of time:

— Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as you can. Air conditioning is the best way to protect against heat-related illnesses and deaths. If your home is not air-conditioned, reduce your risk of heat-related illnesses by spending time in air-conditioned public facilities and using air conditioning in vehicles. Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.

— Do not rely on a fan as the primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.

— Drink more water than usual and do not wait until you are thirsty to drink.

— Go to a friend or neighbor and ask someone to do the same for you.

— Do not use the stove or oven for cooking — it will make you and your home warmer.

Of course, we also caution healthy people and younger people, especially those who might work outdoors or athletes who work out or train in the heat. It will be best to limit your outdoor activity in the middle of the day and make sure to drink plenty of water and stop your activity at the first sign of heat stress.

It should go without saying, but unfortunately every year it seems somewhere that tragedy strikes when a child is left in a vehicle. Others lose pets because they are left in cars during the hot season.

Whether the engine is running or off, never leave a child or pet alone in a vehicle.

It’s going to be hot this week – really hot.

Remember to watch the elderly and vulnerable and pay close attention to all heat-related news and warnings.

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Dalton Daily Citizen. June 22, 2022.

Editorial: Have a voice in your future by registering to vote

Local voter turnout is generally in the single digits. Sometimes an interesting local race, say for mayor, can push that number into the teens. Presidential elections often attract voters in large numbers.

For example, in Whitfield County, voter turnout in the 2020 general election was 67.34%, with 36,870 of 54,749 eligible voters casting ballots in the heated presidential election. Turnout in the 2016 general election, which featured Democrat Hillary Clinton against Republican Donald Trump for president, was actually higher in percentage at 77.9% but lower in vote count at 30,362.

With the general election and primaries now behind us with the run-off on Tuesday, we are aiming for the next big date: the November 8 general election. The stakes are high both nationally and statewide as Georgia voters will choose a governor and a US. Senator among the most prominent races.

To play a part in who helps run the Peach State, you must register to vote. Voting is not only your civic duty, it determines your future at local, state and national levels.

The requirements for registering to vote are as follows:

• Be a citizen of the United States.

• Be a legal resident of the county.

• Be at least 17 1/2 years old to register and 18 years old to vote.

• Not serving time for conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude.

• Have not been found mentally incapable by a judge.

Now that you’ve determined if you’re eligible to vote, Georgia residents have several ways to register, from in-person methods to online opportunities.

• Download, complete, and submit a Voter Registration Application to the Office of the Secretary of State at georgia.gov/register-vote.

• Visit your local county registrar’s office or election office, public library, public assistance office, recruiting office, schools, and other government offices to get a registration form mailed to you. .

• Registration is available when you renew or apply for your driver’s license at the Georgia Department of Driver Services.

• College students can obtain Georgia voter registration forms, or the forms needed to register in any state in the United States, from their school’s registrar’s office or vice-president’s office. president of academic affairs.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office notes that voter registration is a county responsibility. Georgia counties issue precinct maps after reviewing and processing applications and ask that you give your home county at least three to four weeks before contacting them.

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