Ask ARP: How to handle racially or culturally insensitive teachers?

Dear Anti-Racist Parent,

ask anti-racist parentI am an adoptive parent of two school age children living in the downstate region of New York State. One of my major concerns has been education and the lack of accurate information presented in our history/social studies classes. I think that teachers, even those with the best intentions, may have unrecognized bias in how social studies is taught.

I had to remove one of my children from a school due to the insensitivity of her teacher and this topic and the general lack of support from the administration. It started when this teacher used my daughter as an example of an immigrant and ended when she asked me why my daughter didn’t speak Chinese.

My children are now thriving in a different school. I am wondering though, how best to prepare myself and my children for discussing immigration as well as other topics taught in schools that may be presented in a racist or insensitive manner. I am also interested in finding resources to counter and supplement my children’s education. I also hope other parents will share what has worked for them in the school system.

from Kathy in NY

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