We at WSSS have been closely following the news and are heartbroken over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others. We've been discussing ways to better facilitate peace, freedom, and justice, both within our community and the larger world. We know we have a lot of work to do, and will continue to educate ourselves and speak out against injustice.
Some of the conversations we are having are with our children and the children in our community. Children are very observant and likely aware of what is happening in the news, and it is our responsibility to help them contextualize and understand the information, in a way that is appropriate depending on the child[ren]'s age.
AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) has shared a helpful resource from the Center For Racial Justice in Education for how to speak to children about race, racism, and radicalized violence. You can check out the entire resource here.
A few highlights:
Talking to kids about discrimination, American Psychological Association
What White Children Need to Know About Race, Ali Michael and Eleonora Bartoli
Chalk drawings from Mrs. Ravenstar's 6th Grade class: