Education Justice Leaders Require More Resources, Not Less, to Eliminate Racism in Schools and Build a Liberated System of Education

Courtesy of The Root

After the horrific school shootings in Newtown and Parkland, the mostly white, middle-class students in those places returned to schools that were ready to receive them with mental-health supports, empathy, gentleness. Black students returned to schools that had been hardened with increased police presence and more metal detectors and policing equipment that were turned inward, to viciously police Black students, rather than outward, to protect and serve them. This, despite the fact that shootings like those that happened at Sandy…

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Schools across the country are adopting social-emotional learning (SEL) standards as an approach to creating school communities that are safe and positive climates for learning, as well as a foundation to set students up for success in school and in life. In theory, this is a step in the right direction — we want schooling spaces where students, families, educators, school staff, and all those who come into contact with the school building feel safe, affirmed, and supported. …

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