Assembly and Resources for Anti-Racism
Dear kindred families:
As we witness people rising up, taking a stand for justice, in the USA and other parts of our beautiful world, we cannot help but pause, take a breath, feel our hearts break at the suffering of our brothers and sisters. Over and over. As an educator through and through, my thoughts turn towards the children. Our children. They are ALL our children.
Reading books together is one of the most valuable things we can do to raise aware children. Here are some recommendations:
Research from Harvard University suggests that children as young as three years old, when exposed to racism and prejudice, tend to embrace and accept it, even though they might not understand the feelings. By age 5, white children are strongly biased towards whiteness. To counter this bias, experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible. Children’s books are one of the most effective and practical tools for initiating these critical conversations; and they can also be used to model what it means to resist and dismantle oppression.
Conferences and Specialist Takeover
Thank you for your participation in this week of wonder. We received some lovely notes of appreciation, such as this:
Today ... had a special and unique moment during ...'s conference. One of those moments that make you think about life and how our choices impact the life we are weaving together as a community and us particularly as a family.
I have to say that the Conference reflected the special dimension of what Green School is and what it does with and for the kids. This by far was the best conference I have ever attended at Green School or elsewhere. It definitely reflected our personal and professional values.
Lastly, here it is: Lower School Assembly
With big love,
Ibu Kris and the Primary Team