Professor of Economics Randall Reback's latest research shows schools that give their students access to mental health counselors "rapidly boost student performance, quell disruptive behavior and resuscitate schools."  Excerpt from

"I was teaching in a lower-income school and having significant problems with two students," Reback tells ParentDish. "At the time, the police department provided counseling at the school and within one week I was amazed at the transformation in these students and how less disruptive they were in class. We're (teachers and parents) so focused on grades, but we under-emphasize the powerful role mental health help can bring to our classrooms. What kids need most is one-on-ones with caring adults."