This character teaches kids via Clueberry World how to identify sinister intentions and challenges kids to consider what they’d do when a character like this shows up in their lives in a position of power.
Specifically, the Ugly Wartmonger was a character I created to address sexual abuse. The cover for the school edition of Clueberry World (2014 edition) has the Ugly Wartmonger on it because I was seeing a huge increase in students reporting sexual abuse by family members in their ELA journals. (screenshot above).
Thankfully, Social Emotional Learning is written into the Department of Education standards in Massachusetts in 2017 and now in schools, but it’s still new and not enough to offset the amount of societal problems we are facing.
SEL education is not a solution to all of society’s problems however the ability for kids to identify saboteurs to their well being IS a safeguard and can become an important catalyst to then managing the next steps in dealing with the offender.
It’s essential for parents and teachers to encourage that schools prioritize teaching SEL to young people so they can develop emotional strength as one safeguard the monsters who weasel their way into powerful positions in their lives.
If you want to become an informed SEL voice and advocacy of SEL at your child’s school or bring SEL into your home, begin here.