Are the Debates Teachable Moments?

Let me start with the answer to the question posed in this title: Yes, debates can most assuredly be teachable moments and more importantly, there is real value in helping children process them effectively with quality educators in a school setting. Let’s put politics aside (assuming that is even possible) and ask the question this […]

A Very Disorienting Presidential Debate

By Ed K.S. Wang, M.S., Psy.D. Even as a passive observer, the debate was extremely disorienting due to the lack of civility that I am not accustomed to in past presidential debates.  I was feeling irritated, restless, and felt my blood pressure was rising.  I was so stressed that the one behavior I could manage […]

We Don’t Teach Educators Enough About Trauma

Hardly a week goes by without some trauma in the US.  Some events are nature made; some are human-made. There appear to be fewer and fewer “safe” places and spaces.  The usually “safe” places – schools, universities, churches, concert venues, public streets – are not safe.  And, there is constant media coverage of whatever horrific […]