Teaching the Tough Topics

The Fellowship of the Open Spokes are planning to tackle some “tough topics” this week. Please check out the following blog writen by my fellow openspoker Jeremy .One of the things I believe is that these themese need to be embedded in everyday life and not just a single lecture. The following are examples of cirricula I’ve found to support Social Emotional Intelligence as a whole school initiative, and not just the job of the counsellor or parents.
http://casel.org/why-it-matters/benefits-of-sel/
http://www.resiliencyinitiatives.ca

Inscho In School

In every age there are those topics that are the “tough” ones.  We know there are valuable lessons there, but the content isn’t directly in the curriculum.  Sometimes we skirt around them because they’re often controversial.  They deal with the important life lessons, and the content contained within them is not only controversial (at least to be talking openly about it) but sometimes graphic. Topics vary from sexual health, to aboriginal education, cybersafety, bullying and LGBT rights.  Of course this is not an exhaustive list, but each of these brings up so many questions:  Should we teach about (or through) these topics?  Should we leave it to parents to broach the subject?  Should we inform parents ahead of time if we choose to “go there”?  Should there be some sort of protocol for dealing with these types of topics and appropriately preparing students, and debriefing afterward?  There are no shortages…

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