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Education and school

Erica Brown

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199595105
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665020 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199595105.003.0011

Series: Oxford Textbooks In Palliative Medicine

Education and school

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School plays a unique role in our society and in the lives of children. The school plays a major role in the social, emotional, aesthetic, and physical development of children. School programmes promote the development of mutual respect, cooperation, and social responsibility, and emphasize the worth of each individual. School is the only public institution whose primary role is to foster the cognitive development of young people, and education is the largest common ground for the general child population. Some might wonder why a child who is not expected to live beyond the teenage years would bother learning algebra or studying Julius Caesar. Others might question the value of a child being involved in classroom activities if he has a metabolic disease that limits his ability to communicate, or to learn how to read and write. This chapter will look at why education can and should play an important role in the lives of children with progressive life-limiting illnesses, and also at the unique challenges faced by educators as they work collaboratively with healthcare providers to deliver a high-quality educational experience for these children. Why educate children who have progressive life-limiting illnesses, and also at the unique challenges faced by educators as they work collaboratively with healthcare providers to deliver a high-quality educational experience for these children.

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Subjects: Paediatrics ; Palliative Medicine

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