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June 17
More about "Risk"

“Risk” is a very interesting word. To the detriment of many children much of society has started substituting the word "danger" for the word "risk". Risk, in its purity is present EVERYWHERE and is an absolutely crucial part of children's development. After all, how can we expect them to tackle "level 2" (safely) if they have not risen to the challenges and overcome them (risk included) in "level 1"?

Another very interesting aspect of risk is what society deems as risky and how much this differs from society to society. I find it interesting that on one hand many parents have no second thoughts to driving a child to school or letting them swim in pools and the ocean…but on the other hand fire comes with huge illusions of danger despite the fact that the two aforementioned actions cause vastly more harm statistically.
Of one thing we are certain.  Ignoring risk is a sure way to turn it into danger by not allowing children to develop the skills necessary to conquer it. After all, children do not turn 18 and become suddenly gifted with all that is required to make sensible decisions! Transfer in again the swimming analogy... the risk here is accepted and acknowledged but does this cause us to avoid the use of water and disallow swimming? Not at all. On the contrary we arm our children from a very early age with a step by step approach and the tools they need to overcome this risk.
I will finish this message with a brief description of a fire we had recently in the morning. Was there chaos, anarchy and obvious danger to the children involved? Not in the slightest! On the contrary we witnessed centred students, a virtually entranced cohort of Camp Hill children enjoying a past time some believe evolution has etched in our minds (regardless of society). Through careful explanations and expectations set by our staff this fire and the way it was managed was (at best) a risk... not a danger and the difference is very important to acknowledge.


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