In Philadelphia, teachers have decided, on their own, to bring the Black Lives Matter movement into the classroom.
It isn’t a subject they will be discussing for just a day, according to HeatStreet. The publication’s report says teachers are planning to issue coloring books to young children and science lessons on skin color to older students making it a topic that will replace time spent on other curriculum. While these teachers believe they are “enlightening” America’s children, others believe this will do more harm than good.
“It challenges nuclear families, and our justice system,” Christopher Paslay, a Philadelphia English teacher told HeatStreet. “I don’t think kids should be taught that Western society is perpetrating a war on black people.”
But other teachers in the city explain why they feel the topic should be a center of focus in schools.
“We have to validate our students’ experiences,” Charlie McGeehan, a teacher, told Heat Street. “Many of my students have had negative experiences with police officers. To ignore that is to deny their reality in a way that doesn’t make sense.”
HeatStreet reports the school district’s spokesperson in Philadelphia said in a statement the subject won’t be part of official curriculum but, “The district regularly encourages schools to look to current-event topics for appropriate teaching content that is also aligned with grade-appropriate standards.”
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