Here are just a few examples as to how we are addressing the issues in our Secondary curriculum:
- The English department is looking at various readings and seeing it through the context of what is happening now, and ensuring our curriculum allows for People of Color’s (POC) voice to be heard.
- Humanities is analysing the civil rights movement in the context of what is happening now
- Art is looking at how black people have been portrayed through art and what that means
- The Career and University Guidance Program is looking at why CV’s should not include people’s pictures
- Heads of Year and tutors are giving students a chance to voice what they know, what they think, and what they would like to do about it during tutor time in the morning.
Our students are looking to all of the adults in their lives to see how they are addressing these issues. As our silence would say too much we are hoping in partnership with you we can help students realize where we can all do better.
I have heard from some that they feel this is an American problem, but we disagree. This year, our students have applied to universities in 13 different countries. The chances are great that they will experience racism, whether by witnessing it or being the recipient of it, if they haven’t already. We want them to be prepared for either situation with what to say and do, but better yet if we can start to be part of the push for real change, it could lessen this experience. It starts in both schools and the home. We hope through a strong anti-racist partnership we can help ensure your children are supported where they need to be, are aware of their privilege where they have it, and help to equalize it where they can. If we can have all students realize that any kind of discrimination and hate is a direct attack on humanity everywhere then we have hope we can make changes.