Rochester City School District has scheduled Feb. 17 as “Black Lives Matter Day at School.”
In an attempt to broaden its student’s awareness, the district says next Friday is “a day of education, dialogue and action that will actively engage a significant number of educational communities throughout Monroe County in activities which support understanding and affirmation of black lives.”
According to a statement, the New York suburb’s school district teaches a 57% African American population.
Hoping to instruct its attendees that “people of color are not treated equally by our society,” the district believes “it is especially important to highlight the value of black lives in a society whose history involves centuries of slavery and denial of civil rights to black citizens, the impacts of which continue to this day.”
As reported in The Daily Caller, the district released a guidebook lending a glimpse into the planned events.
Elementary students are to be instructed in classes with titles such as “Looking at Race and Racial Identity Through Critical Literacy in Children’s Books,” while instructors are planning to teach “Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System,” “Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach Racial Profiling,” and “What is the School to Prison Pipeline?” to higher-level students.
As well as the basic understandings of “white privilege,” students will be issued a Black Lives Matter syllabus to analyze “moral ethics of black rage and riotous forms of protest.”
The official resource book given to Rochester City teachers can be found here.
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