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Inclusion is an ongoing process that aims to increase access and engagement in learning for all students by identifying and removing barriers. This can only be successfully achieved in a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, support and problem solving.
-International Baccalaureate Organization, 2010

Counselor's Blog

Starting a Conversation About Racial Inequality With Your Children

The following video addresses both sensitive and difficult topics. To be clear:  there is no easy or right answer. But of all the school communities, it is ours who should talk about this. The most important thing is to have the conversations - today and always. And realize that our individual perspectives are not the experience of others. Listening, and learning, is essential to moving forward. 

It is for these very beliefs that we are offering this perspective and these resources. Please read / watch with an open mind - our diversity is our strength, and doesn’t mean we always get it right. The approach to teaching our children about the role and nature of police highlights these different experiences. While some parents are able to equate the police to safety and helpfulness, we must recognize that comes from significant privilege. Other parents are very often having an entirely different conversation with their children -- they teach to be wary and cautious, at best. As with all of this, there are experiences with varying degrees of each of these two approaches. 

So these are the conversations that we all can and should have. With our children and our friends. With our communities and with our government. We know that this video cannot replace a conversation. But we hope it is one step among many on a path toward a shared, better future of equity and justice. 

 

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More Counselor's Blog Posts

Dealing with Rejection

How do we prepare our children to successfully experience the emotion of rejection and failure when we struggle to take it on ourselves? We must look at how we can raise a resilient child to face rejection and failure and come out stronger because of it. 

Enjoying The Holiday Season with Your Family

The holidays this year will look very different, and trying to explain that to your children isn't easy. Our Counselor Annie Barocas shares some ideas and strategies for this holiday season - and to start talking about what the holidays may look like sooner than later.

Difficult Conversations

“Imagine the world and you are not in it.” This is how I began my recent lesson with our 4th grade French learners. While the end goal was for learners to understand how it isn’t just enough to NOT be racist, we must instead be Anti-Racist, the most important part of the lesson was the conversation that happened before the conclusion was reached. 

 Starting a Conversation About Racial Inequality With Your Children

Of all the school communities, it is ours who should talk about this. The most important thing is to have the conversations - today and always. And realize that our individual perspectives are not the experience of others. Listening, and learning, is essential to moving forward. 


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