Educators are taking to social media to support students and provide context for the hate-fueled violence that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend and continues to reverberate across the nation.
“Educators hold the profound responsibility of supporting young people as they come to know and create the world they will live in,” said MTA President Barbara Madeloni. “The events in Charlottesville are just one more horrific reminder that we must name racism and white supremacy as part of our history and present, work to dismantle both, and encourage the empathy, sense of justice and moral courage necessary to build a better world for all.”
The National Education Association’s Melinda D. Anderson told The Washington Post that she started the #CharlottesvilleCurriculum hashtag for educators to “crowdsource resources that would help them begin to explore the historical underpinnings of white supremacy and use the materials to help bring context and clarity to Saturday’s events in Virginia.”
"Educators hold the profound responsibility of supporting young people as they come to know and create the world they will live in."MTA President Barbara Madeloni
The following links address a variety of issues surrounding recent events in Charlottesville:
- Seven ways that teachers can respond to the evil of Charlottesville, starting now, http://www.alternet.org/teachers-respond-charlottesville
- How to respond to incidents of racism, bullying and hate in schools, http://neatoday.org/safeschools
- The first thing teachers should do when school starts is talk about hatred in America, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/08/13/the-first-thing-teachers-should-do-when-school-starts-is-talk-about-hatred-in-america-heres-help
- The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy, https://www.facinghistory.org/reconstruction-era
- Responding to Hate and Bias at School, https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/responding-to-hate-and-bias-at-school
Other good resources include:
- Rethinking Schools, https://www.rethinkingschools.org
- The Zinn Education Project, https://zinnedproject.org
Show Your Support
There are many Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville events happening this week across the state.