A Network Connecting School Leaders From Around The Globe
We can just look around and see examples of exclusivity, all those places where only like-minded people or those with some other shared characteristic are welcome. Meanwhile, public schools struggle to be inclusive. Back in the day when the nation was distinguished by being a melting pot, it was the public school that made all the difference in who we were as a people. Questioning beliefs is not a bad thing, in fact it might even be a good thing. Reexamining past practice helps to update, modernize, refine some aspects of our profession and abandon others. However, beginning the examination process with accusation and fear is not a good launch. As we've shared before, we believe what is happening in the world outside of schools will arrive within our walls without warning, in invisible or eruptive ways. It isn't urgent but it is important for leaders to pay attention to what is happening in the larger world. Public school leaders must be vigilant in their struggle to be fair and just in the treatment of students. Schools still level the playing field, making sure access to quality teaching and high standards exist for all students. Yet, an eye on Washington now and then send out warnings. We note an action by the federal government that will provoke fear and bias in the public, bias against white students. Read more...