Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Portraits of Classrooms From Around the World

October 3, 2012

Courtesy of the brilliant photographer Julian Germain and brainpickings.org:

Brazil, Belo Horizonte, Series 6, Mathematics

Taiwan, Ruei Fang Township, Kindergarten, Art

St. Petersburg, Russia. Year 2, Russian

Tokyo, Japan, Grade 5, Classical Japanese

Lagos, Nigeria. Basic 7 / Junior Secondary Level 1, Mathematics

Qatar, Grade 8, English

Bahrain, Saar, Grade 11, Islamic

Peru, Cusco, Primary Grade 4, Mathematics

More portraits can be found by following the link above.

Click on the link to read Top Ten Funny Excuses For Being Late To School

Click on the link to read 7 Tips for Transforming Your Classroom

Click on the link to read 2 Kids Outsmart 3 Robbers

Click on the link to read the 100 Skills Parents Should Teach Their Children

You Don’t Fight Bullying With More Bullying

July 11, 2012

People are entitled to feel very angry at the school that reportedly allowed a young Japanese boy to be bullied to the point of suicide. But it is incredibly important that the anger is expressed in a non-threatening way.

Firstly, those concerned should call for disciplinary measures for all those involved (including students, staff and administrators).

Next, they should be encouraging their children and close friends to speak out against bullying whenever they find themselves to be bystanders.

Finally, they should take an interest in how their local schools deal with bullying situations.

One thing they should not do is threaten the school. This course of action is tantamount to dealing with bullying by becoming the bully:

THE suicide of a 13-year-old boy in central Japan has sparked a series of bomb threats against his school.

Threats have also been made against the local government over claims of negligence in the case, police said.

The boy’s death has snowballed into a national scandal amid reports that bullies routinely forced him to “practice” killing himself before he took his own life, and that his teacher brushed off the abuse as a joke.

A letter sent to the boy’s school in Shiga prefecture threatened that the building would be bombed unless the pupils and teachers involved apologise, local authorities said.

Click here to read my post ‘Child Commits Suicide Due to Alleged Systematic Bullying and Inept Teachers’.

Helping Our Children Make Sense of Natural Disasters

March 16, 2011

Below is an article from Michael Grose’s Insight on how we can help our children cope with Natural disasters. After last week’s catastrophe in Japan, the earthquake in Christchurch and the floods in Australia, I thought it was timely to make educators aware of it.

Help your children make sense of natural disasters

By Michael Grose

The Queensland floods and the Victorian bushfires continue to wreak incredible havoc on so many people’s lives and will no doubt leave an indelible imprint on our collective psyches. These two natural disasters will be brought into our living rooms via the media over the coming days and weeks.

As adults we all want our children to live carefree lives and keep them from the pain and even horror of tragedies such as natural disasters. In reality we can’t do this.

So what is a parent, teacher, or other caring adult to do when the natural disasters fills the airwaves and the consciousness of society? Here are some ideas:

  1. Reassure children that they are safe. The consistency of the images can be frightening for young children who don’t understand the notion of distance and have difficulty distinguishing between reality and fiction. Let them know that while this event is indeed happening it will not affect them directly.
  2. Be available and ‘askable’. Let kids know that it is okay to talk about the unpleasant events. Listen to what they think and feel. By listening, you can find out if they have misunderstandings, and you can learn more about the support that they need. You do not need to explain more than they are ready to hear, but be willing to answer their questions.
  3. Help children process what they see and hear, particularly through television. Children are good observers but can be poor interpreters of events that are out of their level of understanding. Sit with them. Ask them questions to ascertain their understanding.
  4. Support children’s concerns for others. They may have genuine concerns for the suffering that will occur and they may need an outlet for those concerns. It is heart-warming to see this empathy in children for the concerns of others.
  5. Let them explore feelings beyond fear. Many children may feel sad or even angry with these events so let them express the full range of emotions. They may feel sadder for the loss of wildlife, than for loss of human life, which is impersonal for them.
  6. Help children and young people find a legitimate course of action if they wish. Action is a great antidote to stress and anxiety so finding simple ways to help, including donating some pocket money can assist kids to cope and teaches them to contribute.
  7. Avoid keeping the television on all the time. The visual nature of the media means that images are repeated over and over, which can be both distressing to some and desensitizing to others.
  8. Be aware of your own actions. Children will take their cues from you and if they see you focusing on it in an unhealthy way then they will focus on it too. Let them know that it is happening but it should not dominate their lives.
  9. Take action yourself. Children who know their parents, teachers, or other significant caregivers are working to make a difference feel hope. They feel safer and more positive about the future. So do something. It will make you feel more hopeful, too. And hope is one of the most valuable gifts we can give children and ourselves.

Children’s worlds can be affected in ways that we can’t even conceive of so adults need to be both sensitive to children’s needs and mindful of what they say and how they act in front of children.

In difficult times, it is worth remembering what adults and children need most are each other.


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