Race in the USA: The remix, side A
with Luke Anderson of Gordon’s eighth grade team
Tuesday January 12th, 6:30pm, open to all
Thanks to the over one hundred learners who participated in this parent dialogue. Video of the presentation is now above.
The workshop, led by eighth grade teacher Luke Anderson, was the latest in an ongoing series of public events Gordon has been hosting on Zoom. They include parent dialogues on antiracist education at www.gordonschool.org/parentdialogues and conversations with Gordon community members at www.gordonschool.org/coffees
Luke Anderson wrote this essay when he was seventeen, reflecting on what he experienced as a ten-year-old trying to understand his own racial identity. Eighth graders read this every fall in humanities class as part of a larger unit that compels them to think critically about their identities and how they are perceived. We used this essay for part of the presentation on January 12th.
About the event
Gordon’s ongoing series of parent dialogues on antiracist education continued in January with Race in the USA: The Remix, Side A, led by Luke Anderson, eighth grade humanities teacher. Race in the USA will be a two-part discussion that uses lessons on Black experience in America, drawn from Gordon's eighth grade curriculum, to help parents think about how to talk with children about race. The second part will be Tuesday, March 2nd; both are free and open to the public.
The parent dialogues for the 2020-2021 school year center around the topic of what it means to build an antiracist community: as a school, as care-givers, as young people. Dialogues this fall included a discussion of Stamped, by Ibram X. Kendhi and Jason Reynolds, and an evening with Dr Howard Stevenson.
For decades, Gordon has used a multicultural curriculum and supported a diverse community of students, faculty, staff and families. Developing empathy and taking action are keys to a more just world, and these lessons, which begin as early as nursery school, provide a foundation for Gordon students to live out the school's mission on campus and beyond.