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Teacher Makes A 'Consent' Chart And It's Already Gone Viral

With consent and sexual assaults being a hot topic in the mainstream media right now, one teacher is taking matters into her own hands by teaching her children the proper definition of consent. According to new reports, a third grade teacher named Elizabeth Kleinrock from California has made a flow chart to help her students learn the definition of consent. She also proved examples of what it is and what it isn’t.

Mrs. Kleinrock cites the assault allegations made against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasley Ford. In her testimony, the psychology professor alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a part in 1982. She testified about her allegations during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. The case is still ongoing.

With so many parents debating the different ways they should teach their children about consent, Mrs. Kleinrock is making it a little easier for them. The Los Angeles-based teacher has even discussed about the issue with her students in her classroom, as she believes it’s never too young to learn the do’s and don’ts of giving hugs, borrowing things, touching another person, kissing, sharing, or telling secrets.

The chart, titled ‘All About Consent’ asks the question: what does it mean to give consent? The answer: to give permission, or to say “yes” or “no” or to be allowed to do something. She then divides her chart into four different sections that include “What does consent sound like,” “When do we need to ask for consent,” “What if,” and What can you do if you do not give consent.”

Mrs. Kleinrock posted her flow chart on Instagram and captioned it with, “Everything about Kavanaugh in the news has been making me HEATED. So whenever I get frustrated about the state of our country, it inspires me to proactively teach my kids to DO BETTER. Today was all about CONSENT. We even explored the grey areas, like if someone says “yes” but their tone and body language really says “no.” Role playing is a great way to reinforce these skills, but they MUST be taught explicitly!”

Earlier this year, Mrs. Kleinrock, who describes herself as an anti-bias educator, received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching from Teaching Tolerance, an organization that helps teachers educate their students about social justice. They also use an anti-bias to supply them with free resources they can use to supplement their curriculum.

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