Sensitive Issues

October 30, 2017
To the Teacher: The  news about Harvey Weinstein, a powerful Hollywood film producer who has been accused of harassing and assaulting women over many years, raises important issues for young people…
May 12, 2017
Question:   Recently in a circle, we had a very “heavy” sharing.  I was struggling to balance respectfully listening and appreciating participants' sharing and reflections. Then it got even heavier…
April 23, 2017
Introduction   Share with students that the most popular host on cable TV, Bill O’Reilly, was fired on April 19, 2017, over claims of sexual harassment.  Fox News announced that Bill O'Reilly, the…
October 11, 2016
To the Teacher: The presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on October 9, 2016, raised some important but difficult issues about sexism and sexual assault. Many students either…
July 9, 2016
To the Teacher    Many of us are reeling from events in the news over the past week. These include the police shootings of two Black men -- Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 5 and…
July 8, 2016
When upsetting things happen in the world, it can be very helpful to give young people a chance to share their feelings and thoughts about it. While we adults may be tempted to avoid bringing up…
June 13, 2016
The mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, on June 12, 2016, has left many of us feeling sad, worried, angry or even fearful. When upsetting events happen, a listening circle  can be…
March 22, 2016
Below are general guidelines for talking with students who may be upset about recent terrorist attacks.    Don't ignore issues. If students are concerned about what they’ve been seeing and hearing…
December 8, 2015
NOTE TO PARENTS/FAMILY MEMBERS Because the issue of gun violence and mass shootings is in the news so frequently, young people are talking about it, which makes it an important issue to discuss with…
November 16, 2015
Note:  Please also see these general guidelines for discussing these upsetting events.  Introduction Ask students what they have heard about recent attacks by the group known as ISIS in Paris and…