Word from our Acting Head of School: Resources for talking to your children about race

Resources for talking to your children about race:

Dear NSFS Families,

Today is a time to address privilege and racism in our community face on. We have all been shaken by recent events and mourn for the loss of George Floyd. This is news that we cannot and must not avoid. We have the choice to be silent or to stand up against injustice. In our school, we value diversity and chose to teach about justice. I share with you here a poem by Langston Hughes that was written in the 1960s but is as important today as ever.

This week teachers will be addressing the news with conversations that are developmentally appropriate for children of different ages. It is important to address this in a child’s first language so it is our teachers with English as their first language who will be facilitating these conversations with students in K-5. As a school community, we need to make the choice to have these difficult conversations with children for the betterment of our society. These conversations happen at school but should start at home and begin early on.

I am sharing with you a comprehensive list of resources for you to refer to when having these conversations at home with children. These resources are intended as tools for white parents to use when framing conversations about privilege and race with white children. Let us lean into injustice where we see it and make the choice not to be silent.

Kind regards,

Sarah

Children’s Rhymes 
by Langston Hughes

By what sends
the white kids
I ain’t sent:
I know I can’t
be President.
What don’t bug
them white kids
sure bugs me:
We know everybody
ain’t free.
Lies written down
for white folks
ain’t for us a—tall:
Liberty And Justice—
Huh!—For All?