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Category: Race
September 11, 2013 at 6:59 AM

The politics of race and hair at an Oklahoma school

Charter schools should be examined Lynne Varner’s recent column reminds us of the importance of culturally appropriate school policies and self-acceptance. [“The politics of a black girl’s dreadlocks at an Oklahoma school,” Opinion, Sept. 9.] However, when Varner states that “It is understandable why many black parents have trouble trusting and in turn investing in their…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Politics, Race | Topics: charter schools, education, hair

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…

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0 Comments | More in Children, Education, Race, Seattle School Board, Teachers | Topics: Courageous Conversations, Seattle Public Schools

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…

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0 Comments | More in Children, Education, Race, Seattle, Teachers | Topics: Courageous Conversations, Seattle Public Schools

March 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Discipline in Seattle Public Schools

Lack of comfort should not warrant avoiding an issue While I was certainly encouraged by Jerry Large’s column covering the Department of Education’s investigation into racially biased discipline rates for Seattle-area students [“Better ways to change misbehavior,” NWMonday, March 11], I found myself troubled with a phrase found within Large’s follow-up column regarding discipline improvement:…

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0 Comments | More in Children, Education, Education reform, Race, Seattle, Teachers | Topics: school discipline, Seattle Public Schools, U.S. Department of Education

March 13, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Discipline in Seattle Public Schools sparks debate, federal investigation

Teachers cannot be held responsible for parental role As a retired professor who spent 27 of his 32 years in higher education teaching in public four- and two-year colleges, I concur entirely with Dan Magill’s excellent argument about the need to discipline, and at times, evict disruptive students from class [“Sometimes, a student should go,”...

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0 Comments | More in Children, Education, Race, Teachers | Topics: school discipline, Seattle Public Schools, U.S. Department of Education

March 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Class discussing race to resume with alterations

Difficult discussions are important I can see how a discussion of race in the classroom could be intimidating to a student [“Controversial class on race to resume — with changes,” NWSaturday, March 9]. Race is a difficult topic and it can be uncomfortable to hear about the experiences some people have endured because of their…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Race, Seattle | Topics: Courageous Conversations, Seattle Public Schools, The Center School

March 9, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Federal government looks into Seattle schools’ treatment of black students

Civics education serves all students While race bias in schools is a persistent national scourge, we can thwart this problem where it lives — in the daily crucible of each classroom [“Feds probing district’s treatment of black kids,” page one, March 6]. Civics education is the silver bullet. It improves academic achievement for black students, minimizes…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Race, Seattle | Topics: Seattle Public Schools

March 8, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Feds investigate Seattle schools’ discipline of black children

High schools should be havens As a volunteer tutor, I work with youth who are trying to improve their lives by completing their high-school-equivalency exam (GED). Despite their many challenges, they are polite, funny, and grateful. These students work hard and are empowered by finally mastering the concepts they should have learned in school. We need our…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Federal government, Race, Seattle | Topics: Seattle Public Schools

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