man isnt it ALWAYS great when teachers give a story with triggering or traumatizing subjects in it to read???
eSPECIALLY ON AN EXAM??? THAT ALL STUDENTS MUST READ IN ORDER TO PASS????
Yes, let’s coddle every student in school. Let’s just ignore all the horrible things out there. Let’s ban every book that has anything that makes anyone uneasy. Someone got a cut? Oh no! Someone might have hemophobia! Ban every violent story ever created. Learning about WWII? Not anymore! Just play Candy Land and no one will be triggered!
jokes aside, you just unlocked a storm.
maybe throwing a book a student has to read, without any options for another book, and not warning them about the content inside is a VERY BAD IDEA.
I have been traumatized (and to some lesser extents, extremely uncomfortable) by plenty of books I had to read ever since my first year in high school. A guy going into graphic detail about blowjobs in grade 10? When I had no proper sex education and the innocence of someone that would be 14? How about instead of throwing a kid into a fucking book without any warnings, you teach them about the topic, so that their first introduction to it isnt something so harsh.
And guess what? Learning about WWII was scary, but not traumatizing. My history teacher didnt just flash the pictures of the victims from nuclear bombings. He eased us into it. Explained why the war happened. Who was fighting. Who dropped the bombs and why they dropped them. He told us the victim count. And he showed videos, AND GUESS WHAT??? Before some that were extremely graphic, he would warn students and give them the choice to leave before playing the video or any time in between. Because he KNEW that not everyone was the same, some people are more prone to gore than others. My World Issues teacher did the same thing before showing a documentary on Syria, but only after explaining what is going on in there, so that you know what to expect.
My English classes havent done any of that. And I know there is no time to give information about every harsh topic in every book presented in the year. So how about not doing a book with a harsh topic in it UNLESS you got time to explain the topic within it beforehand.
And how about the kids who have to read the book and practically RELIVE a traumatizing experience they have had in their past? Now, you seemed to throw the word ‘triggered’ the same way the idiots on tumblr love to. Let’s assume you dont know what the word “trigger” is:
A trauma trigger is an experience that triggers a traumatic memory in someone who has experienced trauma. A trigger is thus a troubling reminder of a traumatic event, although the trigger itself need not be frightening or traumatic.
Triggers can be quite diverse, appearing in the form of individual people, places, noises, images, smells, tastes, emotions, animals, films, scenes within films, dates of the year, tones of voice, body positions, bodily sensations, weather conditions, time factors, or combinations thereof.
Ripped straight from the wiki
If you didnt soak that in: a trigger is when a person is in a certain situation that causes them to think of, or even re-live, a traumatic experience they have been in. AND GUESS WHAT?? Youre just asking for people to become triggered when you give a mandatory short story on an exam including rape (constant rape, ontop of it), a parent beating their child to near death, and so on. Do you really think that’s okay to give to ANYONE, regardless of age, without any warnings ahead of time or choice to do a different short story? If the story was supposed to show the shining example of how black children are constantly taken advantage of, maybe you should explain that BEFORE HAND.
Warn them, educate them, give them a choice, not fucking ban books. Did you honestly think that was my solution? Are you that ignorant to the troubles some children have to face because some teachers cant find the time to explain or warn students about something that could cause them psychological harm?
End of Storm.