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ERIC Number: EJ784054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
A Counter-Intuitive Strategy: Reduce Student Stress by Teaching Current Events
Passe, Jeff
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v20 n3 p27-31 Jan-Feb 2008
Should elementary school students be introduced to disturbing current events topics? A common response would be to protect the innocence of young children, allowing them to live their lives relatively free of the troubles that beset the world. But closer examination reveals that the study of current events actually helps to reduce fear and worry. An example of current events that might be disturbing for children is the recent wildfires that raged through southern California in October 2007. Teachers may use this news to reassure their students that they are safe. In this article, the author discusses how the study of current events can serve as a palliative measure, which runs contrary to the beliefs of those who seek to delay consideration of bad news during elementary school. The author also provides suggestions on how teachers can teach about wildfires that would cause less stress to their students. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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