Read this guide for school counselors, the purpose of which is to introduce them to military culture.
As you read it, consider both the culture and the written guide itself, as well as your classmates’ comments. Then return here to contribute to the discussion.
If you have personal experience with military culture, or can speak with someone who does, this is a great opportunity to add that perspective to this discussion.
As always, remember to reply to at least 3 classmates’ posts, in addition to creating your own post in response to the prompt.
The usual deadlines for reporting technical problems, and for submitting your work, apply.
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I do not have immediate family connection to the military but know people who has serves who I consider family. I would of never thought that there was ” military culture” , but I was aware of common characteristics of people who have served. How they carry themselves and their interaction with their spouses and children. My best friend would often take care of her nieces while her parents where away in South Korea. I didn’t hear much of the children but when I did see them they would be calm, collected and polite. When the whole family did settle down in Japan, I remember a conversation my best friend and I had. She was telling me that she needed to be ready if her nieces needed to make a emergency landing to the states. That’s If tension continued to rise with North Korea. At the moment, I thought of the children. We do not think of those immediate dangers or how personally it can impact of. To think our current president can instill so much fear in many families because of his uncontrollable banter and not for a second think twice of the damage is doing to our children
Then this article/guide came in full circle. I realized that there could possibly be a “military culture”. It should be our civil duty to protect these children while their parents make the ultimate sacrifice. I like the idea of volunteering and connecting with military families. It will give a different perspective and a better understanding of how these families function.
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I agree with what the author says about how public school counselors should work on their knowledge and skills when working with students from different cultures. Specifically, the article talks about how school counselors are unfamiliar with how to deal with families that belong to a military culture. This is something that is important because as the article mentions, “80% of all military children attend public schools.” If public school counselors learn how to deal with these children correctly, the child will be able to properly deal with their emotions. As seen in the case study, the counselors and teachers effectively helped Justin in dealing with his feelings, since he had tendencies to resist help from his teachers.
Personally, I know of someone in my high school who’s father was in the military. Since his mother was never around and he only relied on his father, he had a strong sense of independence and would never want help from others. This negatively affected our friendship since I would always offer things such as taking him to school everyday but after a while, he didn’t feel like going to school anymore. I later found out that he was suffering from depression as he never had anyone to talk about his feelings with. Since his father was rarely home, he didn’t have someone to express his emotions to so he would always keep it to himself and would even get angry when someone would try and ask him about his feelings.
Dealing with your emotions is something that everyone faces when they are in school. It is worse when some teachers and counselors don’t even know how to deal with students from a military background. This can be especially difficult since these children develop a sense of independence due to their family being in the military. Independence is not a negative thing but when one thinks that asking for help is a sign of weakness, it creates a toxic cult culture. Suffering in silence is something that shouldn’t be thought of as ok since at school, there are resources such as the teacher and the counselors that can try and help the student. If my friend used these resources instead of remaining silent, he could have found motivation in going to school instead of dreading the days he had to go.
I think that it is important for school counselors to familiarize themselves with military culture. In fact, they should familiarize themselves with all cultures. If school counselors are unfamiliar with a variety of cultures like military culture, it is impossible to expect students and parents to go to them for any sort of assistance. For instance, it was very evident that four out of five of my high school’s counselors were extremely unfamiliar with different cultures. Because they lacked this understanding, many of the students that would go into the counseling office would come out disappointed. They would be disappointed because most of the time, the counselors would tell them that there is nothing that they can do to help, and that they would have to figure it out for themselves. Not all counselors are like this, but maybe mine were the exception. I think that if counselors took the time to really learn and understand how different cultures affect students’ lives and studies, they would be better prepared to assist students in their educational goals like they should be doing. As a result, I think that there would likely be more successful student outcomes.
The case study presented in the guide for school counselors provided a very insightful image as to what children are experiencing as a result of being a part of the military culture. I truly believe that being a part of the military culture is difficult, especially for the children of the family. In the case study, nine-year-old Justin tried to put on a tough face for his mother, as he was left “in charge” until his father returned. He is only nine. Being a part of this culture made him feel as if he could not act like a typically nine-year-old. Young children do not get to be children because they feel as if they need to develop a sense of responsibility and independence at such a young age. They are forced to grow up when they shouldn’t have to just yet. Keeping everything to yourself and trying to do everything on your own is already difficult as is for an adult, let alone an elementary school student trying to do the same.
Prior to reading this guide, I did not have a strong understanding as to what was required from being a part of the military culture. At most, I have only known that my eighth-grade history teacher was in the military. However, the only thing that he had ever told our class was that it was very difficult being away from his two daughters and wife. After reading the guide, I realize that families are truly experiencing a lot more behind the scenes. Schools and school counselors do not know how students’ lives are outside of school. Of course, any school would hold high expectations for their students’ success. However, many cultures like military culture can impact a student’s learning outcome. Because of this, I think that it is a part of the school counselor’s responsibility to be able to help these effected students and their families and not turn a blind-eye simply because they chose not take the time to understand this culture.
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