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When one of Liz Kleinrock's fourth-grade students said the unthinkable at the start of a class on race, she knew it was far too important a teachable moment to miss. But where to start? Learn how Kleinrock teaches kids to discuss taboo topics without fear — because the best way to start solving social problems is to talk about them.

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34 Comments on How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics | Liz Kleinrock

  1. Very nice video but I think when educating children you should use all 6 moral matrixes instead of just relying on the Oppression and Care/harm foundations.

    Otherwise children will grow up only knowing one type of “fairness” the one that is described in the video “Equity”. There are several other types of fairness for example the one that is based on “Proportionality”. Equity is based on a “fairness of outcomes” proportionality is based on “you get what you earn”.

    I think if you truly want your students to grow up with an open mind you should educate them on why we are so different and how we still manage to get along. And different moralities is a key part of that.

  2. Wow, thank you very much.

  3. Your Favorite Lifecoach // 15th March 2019 at 6:14 pm // Reply

    Discuss EVERYTHING with your kids, or else the internet will discuss it with them..

    • Chris Fokjohn // 15th March 2019 at 7:47 pm // Reply

      The Internet is literally just about any type of person. Kids are taken too lightly, the can take shocking content every once in a while and judge for themselves

    • +Chris Fokjohn Yeah I agree. That’s why I proposed a good way to deal with this problem above. ☺

    • We all end up on the internet, after growing up for 2-3 decades filtered from the harsh truths about the real world. It’s like we get out from behind the imaginary world preached to us by mostly female teachers, and get told everything as it actually is, by internet-dad, and not overprotective soccer-moms, who do more damage than good. We growing up in a cult, behind carefully crafted media messages, in government indoctrination centers, designed to make us weak, not strong.

    • +The Flaneur I agree with you my friend. You’re right.

  4. Mindprovement // 15th March 2019 at 6:41 pm // Reply

    Parents should be more open and appreciative of their kids so that they could trust them and tell them anything!

  5. Parents! Teach your kids about sensitive controvercial topics! Don’t raise another snowflake millenial generation!

  6. Georgie Pineda // 15th March 2019 at 6:55 pm // Reply

    Talking about taboo topics does indeed bring certain topics into light so they can be explored and debated.

    The thing i found about racism as a topic is that, for me, it’s most effective solution seems to be information, symphatyempathy, civilized dialog, avoiding labels and overgeneralization so that in the end skin color stops being the main focus point of our perception and we start judging people more objectively.

    Also, even thou i’m an Atheist, i still aknowledge the golden rule (The principle of treating others as one’s self would wish to be treated) as something that must be teached to all kids.

  7. I see value in you presenting some lesson plans that parents can use to break down big subjects and discuss these topics at home. As teachers, that is one of our areas of expertise. The discussion of values and beliefs are best left to parents/relatives or a private institution they choose to send their kids to. The public schools I taught in either frowned upon addressing these topics or allowed only one point of view. A one sided presentation does not benefit the children.

  8. Imagine how wonderful the world would be if all the parents are willing to teach their kids these things

    • +The Flaneur I disagree. Also, I stay curious. I am only 22 though.

    • +Marcus 21 Wait til you are 30. Wait til your abundance-mindset gives way to a scarcity mindset, when you have a wife, kids, mortgage, career, deteriorating health, fear of afterlife. The more burdens you add to life, the less you can afford to be curious, open-minded, exploratory. And adults are just a bundle of burdens.

    • +The Flaneur Well I’d rather stay positive and active. That’s why im worried about health now! Once it’s a routine there will be no more worrying. Just my life style. Career is looking good and will always be in demand. Mortgages sound unnecessary to me unless I’m missing something. I want little to no debt. I like to say “Strive for perfection.” I’m getting there.

    • +The Flaneur Thanks for the warning! I hear it too often. I hope the best for you.

    • It wouldnt be…. kids would think people of a darker skin tone are under them, progressive ideals are awful and only pushes kids to the cliffs and makes society extremely weak.

  9. Lugh Summerson // 15th March 2019 at 7:56 pm // Reply

    Telling children that European-Americans are inherently more powerful and priviledged than anyone else seems like a bad idea. Are you trying to raise a generation of White supremacists?

  10. My father taught me that there are people of each ethnic group etc. who are negative stereotypes and people of that same group who are not.. skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation are not ever an issue, it’s how antisocial (not to be confused with asocial) a person is that becomes an issue.

  11. I dont know why but i got a vision of kids talking about adult stuff, like in the Rugrats cartoon LOL.

  12. There are no Taboo Topics.

  13. emily olivia g. // 15th March 2019 at 9:50 pm // Reply

    very good talk, liz kleinrock !

  14. Couldn’t get past the Vocal Fry. Just Couldn’t listen to her. Yuk.

  15. janie lou johnson // 15th March 2019 at 9:52 pm // Reply

    God made earth interesting by creating many colors of people and many colors of flowers. respect the diversity!

  16. Lmao it’s because parents are timid

  17. I find it funny because in Eastern Europe its the opposite.. how to stop your kids from talking about “taboo” topics. I felt it was kind of suffocating while I was studying in Britain because there was very little to talk about as most topics I’m used to were taboo, they literally kept quiet, just awkward silence. However, around here its mostly expressing uneducated opinions about important (taboo) issues which isnt really contributing anyhow, in fact, often things go south. Its not good to avoid a topic just because it can hurt somebody’s feelings.. those feelings are hurt when you express opinion without having read more on that particular matter. Which is why the people concerned avoid talking about it. Prejudice is one of the biggest problems in our society

  18. OMG. Weak.
    barf bag, please.

  19. Why is “respect” a black word?

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