Tag Archives: teachers

Ask ARP: Are we teaching the history of slavery too early?

Dear Anti-Racist Parent, I am a white parent and have two sons (ages 6 and 8). I am committed to doing all I can to raise them in an anti-racist environment. Education is critical to this goal. However, I have … Continue reading

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Black History Month, Revisited

I wrote this piece a few years ago when I was a monthly columnist for a parenting-related site sponsored by a child advocacy organization. Disclaimer: I really enjoyed writing for that site, and my editor there was the best. However, … Continue reading

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Ask ARP: How to be a strong ally to kids and parents of color at school?

Dear Anti-Racist Parent, My child just started kindergarten at a publicly funded, open enrollment, community operated charter school. We live in a very racially diverse city, and the school is located in a neighborhood that is historically African American, though … Continue reading

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Ask ARP: What should I do about a conversation about skintone that misses the point?

Dear Anti-Racist Parent, My daughter’s preschool teacher had asked me last month if we had any preference for classroom books on family diversity, and I said I had no preference there, since she expressed no two-mom-related issues. But that she’d … Continue reading

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Ask ARP: How should teachers handle books containing racial slurs?

Dear Anti-Racist Parent, My neighbors and I all have boys in the 3rd grade. A few weeks ago, their teacher was reading a story that included the n-word which prompted the kids to ask “what’s that?”. The teacher gave a … Continue reading

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Ask ARP: What should I do about nursery rhymes with a racist past?

Dear Anti-Racist Parent, I am a Mom of two girls and I live in Eastern Canada. I am looking for some advice about the children’s rhyme “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, Catch a tiger by the toe”. Last week, on the … Continue reading

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A Slur By Any Other Name

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Paula, originally published at Heart, Mind and Seoul When I was in the 2nd grade, my teacher would occasionally ask for a student to volunteer and help close the end of the school day with a … Continue reading

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Parent Panic Over Hispanic Heritage Month

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Maegan “la Mala” Ortiz Maybe it’s because I’m a conscious Latina parent with a background in activism. Maybe it’s because I hate and don’t identify with the term Hispanic. Whatever the reason, I don’t celebrate or … Continue reading

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Inviting me to the party

by Anti-Racist Parent Columnist Jae Ran Kim, originally published at Harlow’s Monkey This past Friday was our school’s annual Fall Picnic. As you may recall, last spring I wrote about being snubbed from a Mom’s Night Out event in which … Continue reading

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Ask ARP: What resources on adoption can I give to my daughter’s pre-school teacher?

Dear Anti-Racist Parent, I’m looking for some resources on talking about race, adoption, and transracial adoption that I can pass on to my daughter’s preschool teacher. I’ve googled a variety of things but haven’t had much luck. Anything anyone can … Continue reading

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Helping teachers understand adoption

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Margie Perscheid, originally published at Third Mom My approach was to keep it simple – both because as a former teacher I knew that my children’s teachers would have limited time to spend reading the packet, … Continue reading

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Columnist Intro: Maegan

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Maegan “la Mala” Ortiz My parents, who came to New York City from Puerto Rico as teenagers, were not anti-racists. How else to explain how I, their first born, was named after the priest seducing white … Continue reading

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If I could go back to the classroom…(part 3/the conclusion)

by guest contributor Jen Chau, originally published at The Time Is Always Right… Here’s the conclusion: Flash 1: Our date with destiny. I mean…the principal. Conclusion: Paper cutting, Cave paintings, Jackson Pollack splotches, and quizzes. Moral: Think creatively! I had … Continue reading

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If I could go back…to the classroom (part 2)

by guest contributor Jen Chau, originally published at The Time Is Always Right… Not even the most well-designed and sparkly lunchbox could have emotionally prepared me for my first week of school. I guess what works as a kid doesn’t … Continue reading

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If I could go back…to the classroom

by guest contributor Jen Chau, originally published at The Time Is Always Right… [dedicated to V and Crane] If I could go back in time to my days as a teacher, I would do things very differently. Isn’t it easy … Continue reading

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How do parents come together to talk about race and education?

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Vera L During this past school year, the idea of beginning a group for parents of African American students at my sons’ elementary school positioned itself in the forefront of my mind. There is already a … Continue reading

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What can parents do about educational inequality?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove The book that completely transformed the way I thought about race and racism was Amazing Grace: Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol. Before I read that book, I had always … Continue reading

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Do “white schools” make white kids racist?

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Tereza Topferova Last month, ABC News reported on a study of elementary and high school students, aimed at finding out whether children use race to socially exclude other children from their groups. The study of nearly … Continue reading

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Why I Do What I Do

by Anti-Racist Parent Columnist Liz Dwyer, originally posted at Los Angelista’s Guide To The Pursuit Of Happiness I have worked with almost 100 schools across Los Angeles and Compton over the past 8 years and I definitely have seen that … Continue reading

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Finding a kindergarten for a multiracial family

by guest contributor Natasha Sky My oldest two children are eligible to attend public kindergarten next fall. They have been home full-time since birth, with their dad or me, pretty much living the play-centered life. I began making phone calls … Continue reading

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