Recent events in our country have given parents and teachers challenges that are new to many of us, and to others we have been battling these challenges for a while. As educators, teachers and parents both have an obligation to help their students understand racism and bigotry and how it works in our world.
While the subjects we teach might be reading, or mathematics, or science, or PE, parents and teachers need always remember we teach and raise children. Our kids' learning and growth greatly depends on our determination as parents and teachers to create an emotionally safe and welcoming classroom environment for each and every one of our students, regardless of their background.
Parents and teachers, at the same time, must help students navigate democratic principles. Our job in the democratic process includes helping students exchange differing points of view, and ensuring those views are inclusive of all children. We are charged with teaching children and raising children who can abandon hate for the sake of the society we wish our children to inherit.
The following resource has some excellent ideas for talking to your children about Charlottesville.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.