What Should We Tell the Children?

In the wake of the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as the Dallas police officers who were killed during a protest in Dallas; many adults are left wondering how they should explain these frightening occurrences to the children in their lives.  Schools can be a place where children can get answers to the questions that they may have.  According to Deborah Menkart, executive director of the Washington-based nonprofit Teaching for Change, while schools may not have more answers than parents, “Schools can make such a big difference, even without having the answers. Just being a space where every person’s humanity is acknowledged and there’s a chance to discuss it, and it’s not something that’s left outside the school doors.” Teaching children about broader societal issues and how to behave in the presence of police officers may not be fair, but it is necessary.  With assistance from parents, guardians and teachers, children will get the information that they need to, hopefully, ease their minds.

 

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