Educators are charged, at least in part, with the responsibility for teaching our students about the ideals and values of our society. In today’s politically polarized environment it is more important than ever to clearly articulate what we stand for. Do we stand against racism, inequity, and oppression regardless of our political affiliation, or will we let polarization keep us from taking the necessary action to end racism and discrimination now? This matter transcends politics and political parties, and how we proceed from this point is a reflection of who we are as a people.
As the new school year begins, we’re pleased to share a piece written by Executive Director Todd Gazda, and recently published in Commonwealth Magazine, What’s so dangerous about critical thinking? Open dialogue in schools on race is important. The article is meant to help to open the conversation about taking action to create an environment where every student and staff member feels safe, supported, and free to be themselves as a proud member of their race, religion, sexual orientation, dis/ability, or gender identity.