Schools need to be a safe space for students to share their concerns and questions about the world they see around them. This includes investigating our country’s past to understand its present.
We need to be able to teach critical thinking and to present texts from multiple perspectives in order to allow students to see the complexities of events and people.
It is imperative that we do not silence voices, particularly those from non-dominant castes, races, ethnicities, genders, or other backgrounds, and that we recognize and call out injustice whenever and wherever it occurs. Teachers should be respected to create a curriculum centered on their students’ lives, interests, and experiences, no matter who those students may be.