Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Education : It's Christmas time ! We can't hurt people !

Stand for Peace
credits: Elyx Yak

It's Christmas season. Remember All I Want For Christmas! Schools are closed or will be closing for holiday. Students are enjoying Christmas holiday with family and friends.

So bad news everywhere! Once again Europe - Berlin, Zurich - was sadly hitted by new deads in a time that would be of joy and peace.

Christmas market Vorosmarty Square

Christmas markets are very popular in Europe. It's a tradition. In almost of the European countries there  different Chritmas markets.

After Christimas, students will be back to school and they will be talking about those events.

Students watched television, read the news on social networks, the oldest shared messages of hope and solidarity after twelve people killed and 50 more injured when a truck smashed into a Berlin Christmas market.

It reminds us the joyfull 'fête nationale' the 14th July in Nice last summer.

Berlin Chrstmas market

A Christmas market! A place of joy, a traditional place to find Christmas products, but also to have some fun.

Families and friends come to meet one another, to talk and drink hot chocolate and eat Christmas cookies. 

And once again schools across the world will be concerned to help students understand the tragic events, in Berlin, yesterday the 19th December, Zurich and Ankara. And Alepo

Sometimes, we wondering how to face the students and talking such tragic events in the classroom


Schools and teachers will be prepared to face students. And it’s just as clear that intimidation and violence will be condamned and combated for whatever reason they’re committed, especially if their goal is to undermine freedom and liberty of open societies.

How to talk about at school? We still remember Paris, twice, Brussels, Nice. And Alepo

How to find the right words when overcome with sorrow our own emotion, and every word that comes to our mind can frighten the small kids : attacks, terrorist dead, mourning, run, truck hurt? 

Teachers must not impose their ideas or words of adults. The psychologists always say that the best way is to start from the child heard or just ask "What you heard?" or "Did you hear what is going on right now What do you understand?"

Children in war siege
credits:  Mohammed Badra/Reuters
Some of the thousands of children caught up in the devastating siege of Aleppo are so traumatised that they have stopped crying.
According to the United Nations, at least 2,700 children were among 8,000 evacuees allowed to leave the war-torn Syrian city in recent days.
Evacuation efforts of east Aleppo were halted on last Friday following reports of a breakdown in the agreed ceasefire. 
"Aleppo is now a synonym for hell," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, urging a resumption of the evacuation.
When students will be back to school, the important thing is to start with students words, to follow the thinking of the child or young-adult and not to impose our adult words. 

Back on their understanding is important because it has to be spoken, not to leave the child with what it will come up with some information that they had to correct what kids had not quite understand and answer questions. 

And of course, we don't forget our muslim students. They are among our students, they belong to our classes. 
They are friends or school mates.

More than ever, we must have the right word to express our emotion, our tears, our sorrow, but also our need for gathering and unity. 

"We tend to want to protect the children in our sorrow concerning the tragedy, but in toddlers 3 or 4 years, it can lead them to imagine terrible things, says the analyst.

It does not mean give details. This is the time to reaffirm that nothing can replace the word.

The oldest, secondary education (elementary schools and high schools) will be happy to feel part of the adult community and stay with us to vigils, demonstrations, to "think in their head and in their heart to those who are not there" . 

"The school should be a place where students q
uestions and confusions are listened: What is Islam? What is a religion? Will it nasty religions? Why they attack?

"It is also a debate that we should have in the family. And not only when freedom of expression is reached. It is not enough discussion of these topics."

Sophie Marinopoulos, psychologist

start at home and continues at school. Parents and schools by their teachers have their own rules that must be respected for both sides parents/ teachers vs. kids/ students.

Berlin Christmas market
credits: REUTERS

Some thougts:

Teachers and parents. Just talk and share thoughts with your students or kids, no matter their age. Because they have a lot of questions, not just today, tomorrow and in the coming days. 

"In talking with them, but also to defend freedom of expression and respect of life."

On this day, Christmas so near, 
So I pay my respect to the 12 German people killed and to their families. 

On Christmas time, I always think and pray for all the kids, teachers and familes of Sandy Hook School (2012).

"No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without warning.” 

Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood 


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