Open Access Mini Review

Reducing Anxiety in Children: Creating Emotionally Safe Places for Children to Learn

Eugene Geist*

Professor, Ohio University, USA

Corresponding Author

Received Date: October 30,2019;  Published Date: November 06, 2019


As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, research is suggesting that children are not only dealing a great deal of anxiety caused directly by school (ref). Academic anxiety related to learning is increasing due to highly stressful teaching methods, reduction of recess, too much homework and an over reliance on testing [1,2]. However, the anxiety is also produced by the stress of the school environment. For many children, armed police officers patrol the hallways and “active shooter drills” are a regular part of every day. Add to this the pervasive presence of bullying , a reduction in the time that children get to engage in self-directed activities and arts based programming [3,4], and an anti-democratic culture in schools [5] and you end up with places that breed anxiety and are not emotionally safe for children.

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