Friday, November 27, 2015

It's the Most Diverse Time of the Year!

  As we get closer and closer to the holiday break, it seems only natural to begin to discuss the topic of diversity and acceptance.  We are lucky enough at Young Scholars to have such a diverse group of students from many different cultures and backgrounds.  I think we should teach our students to embrace this diversity and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about other cultures and create a welcoming environment for all.
  Tolerance is more important than ever now with all of the controversy and conflicts going on around the world.  We need to learn to accept one another as individuals and use each other's strengths in order to create a more advanced society.  I hope to enlighten our students this month and help them begin to understand one another by taking other people's perspectives and educating them on the differences between groups of people.  Ignorance stems from lack of understanding; therefore, the more these students understand one another, the easier it will be for them to be empathetic and accepting towards each other.
  Acceptance and tolerance begins at home.  I hope that parents can set a good example for their children.  If you need some advice on how to approach this topic with your children, feel free to visit this link from PBS: http://www.pbs.org/parents/experts/archive/2009/02/teaching-children-about-divers.html.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Already November! Time to Fall Back into Anti-Bullying Month

It seems crazy to me to think that we are already in November, but this is probably one of my favorite topics, Anti-bullying.  It has become such a prominent issues in schools over the last 5 years or so.  I hope that we can make it a mission at Young Scholars to become a bully free school, so that every student can feel like they belong.  

Each student has the right to come to school without the fear of being picked on or judged because of who they are.  My goal this month is to help students learn how to prevent and report bullying at Young Scholars.  I hope to do this by promoting acceptance and providing the students with skills to use in order to stop bullying.

I also hope that the parents at Young Scholars will get on board with me and promote/teach your children that kindness is the answer.  I always say that you do not have to like everyone, but you need to be able to get along with everyone and at least be kind.  

Cyberbullying has become an increasing issue because of the access to technology and electronics that all of the students have.  If you click on the following link, it will provide parents with some tips on how to handle and prevent cyberbullying with their own children.  http://www.ncpc.org/topics/cyberbullying/stop-cyberbullying
  
Unfortunately, most of cyberbullying occurs outside of school, so it is hard for me and the other staff members to control this issue.  Therefore, we need parents and the students themselves to take a stand, report, and put an end to cyberbullying!