The article “Why Do We Have to Talk About Race So Much?,” provides a case study for how educators, parents, and students can come together to discuss topics that are generally avoided: bias, culture, race and stereotyping. One Nation Indivisible visited Montgomery County in Maryland to observe how their schools have adjusted to shifting racial and economic demographics.
Maryland’s Montgomery County hosts the state’s largest public school system with more than 150,000 students. Its students represent a wide array of cultures; and as the demographic of the county has changed, the community learned to coexist with those who differ racially, culturally, linguistically, and economically.
The article shares strategies for engaging students in talks about diversity through ethnicity workshops and also suggests tackling issues at the administrative level by providing documents in a multitude of languages to accommodate non-English speaking families. The case study also provides insight into Montgomery County schools’ efforts to encourage community members and students to discuss how racial and cultural experiences play out in school and how they affect kids’ learning experiences. Such dialogue fosters hope that participants will collaborate on action plans to improve policies and practices or resolve conflicts.
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