It seems like every time we turn on the news, another tragedy has occurred somewhere in the world, and whether it's happening more frequently or we're just exposed to more through 24/7 news coverage, we must be cognizant of the fact that our children are being exposed to these events as well. Because students have access to information on their cell phones and other digital devices, it's probably not very realistic to think we can shelter them completely from the goings-on in the world.
We can limit what they watch on television, but they will always find a way to gain online access, whether at school, on a friend's device or at friends' houses. So how do we talk to our students about deadly attacks and traumatic events that their minds are simply too young to truly understand? And how do we help parents talk to their children about these incidents when many times adults have difficulty comprehending how these things can happen?
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
Funding for public schools in Oklahoma is a hot topic and for good reason. The State Department of Education (SDE) has issued a record number of emergency teacher certifications this year, and it seems each day brings a new story of teachers leaving Oklahoma for better pay in neighboring states.