Teacher’s Brilliant Chart Breaks Down The Idea Of Consent In Its Simplest Form For Children

With the news surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination and the allegations of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, sexual assault and consent have been on the forefront of many conversations–not only with adults but also with children and teens.
For many, the idea of consent is incredibly straightforward. For others, it is a gray area that they struggle with. Regardless of where you stand, the idea of consent and what it truly means is incredibly vital to understand. Liz Kleinrock, a 3rd-grade teacher at Citizens of the World Charter School Silver Lake in Los Angeles understands how important it is to grasp the idea of “consent,” especially at a young age.

Therefore, she decided to create an easy-to-read chart for her students when explaining consent–and, it’s absolutely brilliant. Kleinrock told HuffPost:

I think whenever I tend to look at things spiraling in society, particularly political events that are going on, I like to think about what kind of foundational skills should have been in place earlier to prevent these things from happening.

While some believe 3rd-grade may be too young to be teaching consent, Kleinrock kept the examples at an appropriate level, not mentioning sex once. Instead, she mentioned things 3rd graders usually do–hugging, borrowing things, secrets, sharing, touching another person, and even kissing.

Kleinrock also made sure to give examples of what consent sounds like, and what it doesn’t sound like, to ensure all students fully understand.

People on Instagram were impressed and grateful to see that educators are making sure that the next generation will be informed and enlightened, to become better citizens tomorrow. Many thanked Kleinrock for her impressive chart and for teaching her students the right way.

Kleinrock has a background in social justice education and was one of the winners of the 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Teaching Tolerance project. Her Instagram account is filled with other informative and insightful charts and activities that any teacher in today’s political climate would enjoy.

h/t: HuffPost.

Lex Gabrielle

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Lex Gabrielle native New Yorker who supports messy buns and all things covered in buffalo sauce. She is currently a managing editor for BloomJoy and teaches English and Journalism to the youth of America.