It feels like this issue gets boiled down too much to a binary- a safe walled garden space or an unsafe “whatever is outside of the garden but full of venomous creatures”. We are not pushing students off a cliff into den of snakes, we are hopefully equipping them with what do about snake encounters, or at least making them aware that snakes exist.

It’s more that just putting student into “un-safe” or vulnerable places, its doing so in the caring manner that they know what to do, or at least who to turn to, that they may not be in the safe box, but at least they are not alone to deal with the snakes- not just a benevolent teacher, but peers, when a snake appears.

Thanks for teaching me the “sink estate” expression, that’s a “rich” one.