Electro-shock therapy isn’t quite as horrific as this any more, but the possibility of a long-term harmful effect remains.

It is amazing that the Torygraph is promoting the electrocution of stressed teachers’ brains as a good thing.

Maybe it is true that electro-shock therapy has come a long way since the days when people routinely had their frontal lobes burned out, but risks remain. Why not relieve teachers’ stress by making the job less stressful?

Those undergoing this process may experience confusion lasting hours or even days; memory loss; nausea, headache, jaw pain, muscle ache; and possibly even heart problems.

This Writer has known people who have undergone this treatment and there is another aspect to it – the person I knew after the treatment was not the same person I knew before.

Have a think about that.

Add it up and, in my opinion, it seems that the Leigh Academies Trust is trying to cajole its teachers into volunteering to become compliant little teaching zombies, with the stress burned out of them along with any kind of conscience.

Leigh Academies Trust used to be run by Frank Green, who was appointed to a two-year job as schools commissioner by Michael Gove during that MP’s time as Education Secretary, so it is clear that this organisation has close links with the Conservative Party. You can read more about Mr Green here.

The Torygraph article suggests the “treatment” takes around 20 minutes every day – but goes on to say that some teacher are using it for anything up to three times as long. What does that tell us about it, and about conditions at the Leigh Academies Trust?

And what kind of teachers are they going to be, afterwards?

The Alpha-Stim device is is the size of a mobile phone and sends micro-currents of electricity to increase a patient’s naturally occurring “alpha waves” that are said to create a more relaxed state of mind.

School bosses have successfully tested the device and are now offering the treatment at seven secondary schools, seven primary schools and a special educational needs school in Kent.

After running a pilot scheme, the Leigh Academies Trust say the device has had a positive impact on levels of anxiety, depression and sleep disorder – all symptoms of stress among its staff.

Trust HR director Richard Taylor said the devices are now being made available to all the Trust’s teachers to augment existing strategies to deal with stress.

Peter Caunt, of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, said: “We know this type of therapy works.

“The key to this study is to find out how cost-effective it can be compared to conventional treatments involving tablets and cognitive behavioural therapies.”

Source: Stressed teachers offered electric shock therapy to combat anxiety and depression

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