How To Teach Kids to Read in 2020+
- What are the successful methods for effective teaching of our children today?
- Why do so many students forget what they learned?
- Why are we ending up with confused students that lack initiative and vitality?
- What plan are we all following and what should be the child’s plan?
- How do you best help children to Read?
2 – From Danger Zones to Safe Zones
Our children’s daily lives can be divided into zones, the Home zone, the Street Zone, the School Zone, and the Club Zone. Each of these zones can either be a danger or a safe zone.
As a teacher and volunteer, I have been working on preventing extremism and hate crime. I have participated in numerous seminars and lectures on youth crime and Exit programs and my conclusion is that:
“The majority of children and youngsters who end up without proper education and a criminal lifestyle, with the danger of ending in a radicalized environment or in prison, have all mainly lived in pure danger zones.”
Throughout this book, I will mention these zones several times. A zone is a closed community or area where the child is exposed to or live in. If there is a substantial danger to his or her wellbeing or even their life, and they are stimulated in a harmful and negative way, it’s a danger zone. The home can be a danger zone if there’s violence, physical or verbal abuse, or total absence of mature adult guidance.
The Street zone is a danger zone if there are groups of youngsters engaged in criminal activities and occupying the area where the child needs to pass or play. Or if they live in an area patrolled by police who have an eye on his identity, ex. as we have seen in Copenhagen, where the police only made visitation zones in areas where foreigners live in high numbers.
The School zone can be a danger zone if the child is surrounded by children, adults, and teachers who have a pre judgemental attitude towards the child’s identity or their parents and background. Thereby allowing or ignoring other children’s misbehavior towards them, likewise in the club zone.
If a child is surrounded solely by danger zones, its pure logic to see where this child will be heading. There are no safe zones to withdraw to and take a rest and get into balance.
The School As A Safe Zone
We need to secure that the child has a majority of safe zones. In the school, we as teachers are responsible for one of the most important zones, if not the most important zone in many children’s life. It is crucial that we, at any cost, make every child feel that the school is a safe zone. If there is any danger from any individual, the child knows exactly how to handle it.
The school is a model for the children of the big world. If there’s is injustice in the school, and the teachers can protect a wrong act toward a child behind their position, the children will likely transfer this to their perception of the big world. This will affect their ability to handle their life and possibilities with the ideals and tools of democratic, equal human rights.
If the home, club, or street is a danger zone and ex, if media and politicians also make their area a danger zone by referring to them and their neighbors as being a problem. Thereby making the whole society a danger zone when they daily hear news about themself as a group. In the bus on their way to school, their identity and intentions are being publicly debated. At the same time, their families are being bombed in countries far away, which is also discussed in the media and a part of the curriculum. It can become like a never-ending story of misery and retriggered trauma.
There’s not much we as teachers and school can do about that, other than teaching the children in our time with them about the society we live in. About how people use their freedom of speech and what is human rights and how the law is working. Laws are created with purposes to protect the citizens from violence etc.
When children feel safe in school, they have a better chance of helping themselves in other zones. The children will feel confident enough to use the already tested procedures from the class and thereby engage their teacher or school social worker or nurse when needed, which is crucial.
“The lack of feeling in a safe zone in the schools and not being taught about body safety or how to maneuver the system is the main reason, I will postulate without hesitation, that thousands of children worldwide are not offered the help they are in need of.”