One primary school has found itself in seriously hot water, after one teacher made a grave error of judgement and asked the pupils to draw pictures of their deceased loved ones.
The kids who took part in the lesson at Camdean Primary School in Rosyth, Fife, were only nine and 10 years old.
Obviously parents were horrified, and given that would be a task most adults would become emotional over, it isn’t surprising.
According to Fife Council, the exercise was part of the Curriculum for Excellence, and a way to teach the kids how to deal with grief.
Despite that, parents were outraged, with dad Adrian Marshall, 43, saying:
I think it is important for children to learn about grief but the way this was taught was not the right way of doing things.
It could potentially cause the kids to develop some dark memories.
What I take issue with is that there were no letters sent out to us seeking our permission for the class to go ahead or to ask us if we would like to attend to comfort our kids.
They were told that it was alright to cry and over half of them did. One said they didn’t want to do the drawing but was told by the teacher to do it anyway.Advertisement
Angela Logue, Education Officer for Fife Council, stood by the exercise, but claimed that parents would be notified in the future.