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We learn coping skills in a diverse classroom

Date: August 30th, 2014
By: Polly Bath

Watch this video [1:18] for my thought on how a diverse classroom gives all kids the chance to learn coping skills.

When we are trying to tolerate something, we have to learn coping skills.

Sometimes a parent will say, “I don’t want my kid put in a classroom with a kid who’s disruptive. I don’t want my kid in a class with a naughty kid.”

We get that at the elementary level a lot.

But here’s the thing. What they are doing is asking us to protect their child from learning how to tolerate situations that he or she finds difficult. If we keep removing the outside factors, a child learns the world revolves around them. And that’s not going to work for them in the long run.