March 25, 2013 at 6:29 AM
Courageous Conversations: race and gender curricula
Seattle Public Schools and the city need to take a clear stand
Teacher Jon Greenberg challenges on Seattle Public Schools to decide whether or not it is against racism in our public schools [“We shouldn’t be afraid to have Courageous Conversations,” Opinion, March 21]. His call should also wake up our city.
We pride ourselves on our progressive politics, and in some important ways we are progressive, but there are too many indications that our city is often racist and classist: Our police force is again being investigated for excessive force, often coupled with racial discrimination; though we brag about our racially diverse ZIP code, our city — and therefore our schools — is largely racially and socioeconomically segregated; our school district has been accused of racial discrimination in its disciplinary practices; the court found our state guilty of unconstitutionally underfunding schools; and we have a regressive tax system.
The school district is wrong and needs to take a courageous stand against racism and for critical thinking, but the district answers to the city, and those of us in the city need to take a clear stand, too.
–Mary Edwards, Seattle
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