Honest Conversation

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Dear Families:

There are no words to adequately respond to the news of the past week.  What makes this even more difficult is that we are processing this from the isolation of our homes.  

On a more typical school day, we would be able to talk in person with our students and would be able to determine what they knew from the moment they stepped off the bus into the school yard.  Listening in, we would hear their conversations and be ready for our morning meetings.  More than likely, we would observe that some students had participated in the weekend protests while others would not even know what was being discussed.  It would then be up to the teachers to lead the class in reflection and perhaps even calls to action.

Already, our teachers are sharing read alouds, texts, and anti racist curriculum, which will become a part of their teaching in the next few weeks.  As parents, you must do the same.  No doubt you have already done so because the news was not just on television.  It was in the air, in the constant sound of helicopters above, and in the crowds out on the street during a time of social distancing.   

Just as Covid-19 and pandemics have become a part of your dinner table conversations, so too must racism be a daily topic.  Honest conversation will inspire and teach.   http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES offers parents many resources for these conversations.

Perhaps one of the most  powerful resources is this New York Times video, made back in 2015 and featuring a number of Brooklyn New School graduates.  Please learn from the wisdom of our youth:   https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000003670178/a-conversation-about-growing-up-black.html?smid=em-share

We close with the word of Levi, a student in Claudia and Malika’s class:

All for now,

 

Anna and Diane 

 

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