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    This is amazing!

    created by Savann96 7 days 8 hours 43 minutes ago

    Category: Education

    This is amazing!

    I recently read about a teacher who was so angry and upset over the Kavanaugh nomination that she decided to do something about it. For her class of young students (I think first or second grade), she decided to teach consent in the form of hugs, noting that if someone says no, then the person offering a hug should walk away and respect their decision. The fact that it was really simple and well thought out, she's being applauded in doing something positive and teaching an invaluable lesson.

    What do you think? Should this lesson be taught more in schools?

    Re: This is amazing!

    Hi Savann,
    We have been talking about consent in my education master program. I believe consent is very important and it isn’t really taught in schools. Maybe briefly if a school has an education class when students are in high school. Thinking back to when I was in school I don’t really ever remember being taught about consent.

    I think the way the teacher did this was great. It is never to early to learn about consent. Using hugs is a great way. This helps teach kids that they need to get consent but also that they have to get consent but not if they don’t want to. Hopefully this will also help future victims realize they didn’t do anything wrong if they didn’t give consent.

    Mahalo,
    Daniella

    Re: This is amazing!

    Hey Savann96,

    I think that's a great and simple way to introduce an important topic that should be taught in childhood. Consent, I believe, can be overlooked, due to how it is a straightforward topic. However, if the basics are not established at an early age, a foundational understanding will not be there for when children grow older.

    I think that in college, due to the introduction of alcohol, young men and women are less sure about what issues fall under consent, and what behaviors they are or aren't accountantable for. Is the person in the right state of mind to make a decision? If not, there's no consent.

    Good topic!

    Have a great day!

    - dymphie

    Re: This is amazing!

    This is so powerful, and in my opinion, the topic needs more attention in our world. This teacher is doing an amazing job. Her kids are being taught something that should be taught more to young children. When taught life lessons at a young age, it stays with us for the rest of our lives. Therefore, lessons like consent is imperative to teach to young kids.
    -Jasmyn

    Re: This is amazing!

    Aloha,

    I applaud that teacher as well. I think consent is something that should be taught at a young age. This topic has been popping up a lot since the stories of sexual assaults have been coming out. I think if kids are taught what consent is at a young age, it will stick with them throughout their lives. Hopefully this will lower the number of attacks.

    However, I have hear some stories about teaching contest to infants. I can't recall the specifics but it basically said parents should be teaching consent from the time their children are born. They explained parents should ask the baby if it is ok to change their diaper, ask if it's ok to give them a bath, and so on. I do feel like that is a little extreme and don't know how effective it would be.

    Interesting topic! Have a great day.

    Mahalo,
    Dan