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March 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Seattle Public Schools’ Courageous Conversations curriculum

Lessons have power to change hearts and minds

I am writing in wholehearted support of Jon Greenberg and his Citizenship & Social Justice course at the Center School [“We shouldn’t be afraid to have Courageous Conversations,” Opinion, March 21]. My son graduated from the Center School in 2007. He was a student in Greenberg’s Poetry and Citizenship & Social Justice courses.

As a regular volunteer at the school I witnessed Greenberg’s teachings firsthand. He is a gifted educator. He challenges his students to explore their beliefs, values and perceptions. He brings an enormous amount of energy and commitment to each and every class, he is there to guide, teach and challenge our children. He does so with passion seldom seen in Seattle school classrooms.

My son and his friends from high school, black and white, regularly continued discussions begun in Greenberg’s class once they reached home. His lessons truly changed hearts and minds and always encouraged much discussion.

I am ashamed of the Seattle School Board and the superintendent. They have allowed the voice of one disgruntled student to change the course of thousands of students who may miss out on Jon Greenberg’s brilliant teaching of Courageous Conversations. Where is the justice in that decision?

–Barbara Radford, Seattle

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