November 11, 2020
Trauma taken into classrooms
The president of the Māori principals' association says tamariki are having their education stunted by living in trauma.
Myles Ferris says the mental well-being of students was top of mind for Māori educators attending Te Akatea's national conference this week.
The Northland-based principal says violence at home and racism in their communities can lead to increased levels of anxiety and behavioral issues.
He believes it's a big factor in poor outcomes for Māori in school.
"We've got to be better at recognising it. We've got to be better at supporting them. And we have to do it in a way that our kaiako, our whānau, they're living in trauma all the time, so we've got to support them to be able to support our tamariki," Mr Ferris says.
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