Often we struggle to process shootings like Buffalo; especially when they are racially motivated and we don’t share the same race as the people who were targeted. But we need to seek to understand as best we can what it feels like and builds our skills to talk about it with others. Cultures of Dignity’s Dystanie Douglas-Burger shares her reaction.
As educators, we know that school is a significant part of our students’ social lives and where much of their emotional development takes place. We must help children learn how to interact with others and develop emotional intelligence to create a better learning environment for themselves and their peers.
Having high expectations for our children seems like common sense. But while we may worry about children falling behind academically and reaching their full potential, young people are struggling to make sense of the world and their place in it. It’s time to take a step back and ask ourselves the price of high expectations and how we define them.
Teens don’t want us to tell them it will be ok or to just move on, they want more than that. We won’t really know what that means for the individual young people we work with until we ask them.