Every so often there is a film that truly reminds me why I do what I do.
The Kids We Lose is one of those films.
I’ve worked in and around schools for pretty close to 20 years at this point, in voluntary and paid positions. I’ve interacting with or influenced thousands of kids personally or through my training and consulting. I’m a mother of 4, grandmother of 3, I’ve seen a lot and read even more.
And I still cried during this film.
Perhaps my heart was already cultivated as I learned Indiana, my home state, has the second highest child abuse rate in the country. It could have had something to do with the intensive work I’ve been doing in early childhood centers seeing so many young kids already entering the school to prison pipeline. But whatever it was that made me click the link to watch the film, I’m glad that I did. It’s reminded me of the real reason I do what I do and I’m here to light the fire under you.
The Kids We Lose is a documentary, funded in part by the nonprofit, Lives In the Balance, produced in part by Dr. Ross Greene, originator of the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions approach. The film showcases the other side of the conversation about kids with challenging behaviors, including looking candidly at what we currently do that we know doesn’t work.
I challenge you to watch the film, even screen it with your fellow educators, and not walk away seriously evaluating your current practices for managing challenging behaviors.
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