The second round began two weeks ago and has since extended into a discussion about racism and our classrooms. As many can see across the country, even corporations are dealing with similar issues (sexism for example), teaching us that even though some think of these things as old-world problems, they are very much in our purview.
One point I brought up was the idea of experience and exposure helping to alleviate some of the issues created by racism. When students react to racial epithets and situations by saying, "It's not that serious" it raises a cause for concern in me. I only wish my students would be able to visit Ghana, Thailand, Morocco, Guatemala, and more so that they can see what it means to be different and how deep down we are all trying to just get by in life. I am very glad for the existence of programs like Global Glimpse, EF Tours, and more that try to help bring students into the world. I urge you to do so with your children as I plan to with mine.