Students in Japan

Photo courtesy of Principal Tomohiro Taniyama.

This Omose Primary School wetland in Kesennuma, Japan, is part of a larger environmental education effort which includes helping students heal from the trauma of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that wiped out much of their community. (Photo courtesy of Principal Tomohiro Taniyama).

Schools Should Be Designed to Address Students’ Trauma

As rates of depression and anxiety increase among children and adolescents, schools need to be built in a way that’s safe and supportive, not harsh and imposing.