Something is terribly wrong with
our schools. How did a place that should be a sanctuary for kids becomes a
source of fear and intimidation? What has happened?
Emotionally Safe Schools, Jane Bluestein
offers a plan to return schools to havens of nurturing and learning. She
examines environmental, historical, developmental, psychological, sociological,
interpersonal, instructional and administrative factors that contribute to the
emotional climate of an educational institution. This is a comprehensive view of
what makes a school feel the way it feels, and what we can do to make it feel
safe for every child-and every adult-who walks through its doors.
Emotional safety has many
dimensions, such as: the impact of the family and early development, childhood
stress and coping, the changing role of the school, acceptance and emotional
support, respect and belonging, temperament and labels, gangs and violence,
instructional strategies, learning styles and multiple intelligences, teacher
training and support, and the inherent need for a sense of community.
The message Jane Bluestein brings is
positive: information, programs and solutions are available that can ultimately
make our schools inviting, inspiring, and, yes-safe.
list of references and resources