Please join us for our next DEI Reading Group. We gather about every month as a school community to discuss a reading that relates to our children's education and experience as diverse learners and community members, as well as our experience and challenges we face as a diverse group of family members and staff working together and supporting our children together.
We will gather on a Saturday morning this time. The Reading Group meets on alternate days and times every time we gather with the intention to provide opportunities for as many people in our community as possible to attend over the year. There will be childcare provided by students from Washington Latin PCS. Latin is between both of our campuses and is close to the Fort Totten metro station. Please indicate whether you will need childcare and for how many kids when you RSVP.
Breakthrough has been celebrating Indigenous People and Culture during November. Guides have been reading books and doing activities in the classroom to support students' learning about Indigenous peoples. It is especially important to be conscious about the way we all talk and learn about people who are native to this land we live on at this time of year, as there is a lot of negative and misleading information shared around Thanksgiving. If you would like to read more about the myths surrounding Thanksgiving, please read this article: http://oyate.org/index.php/resources/43-resources/thanksgiving. Please note that this article is not specifically what we will be discussing at our reading group.
At this Reading Group gathering, we will discuss the article found here: https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/11/30/the-miseducation-of-native-american-students.html. Please feel free to bring your own thoughts and questions to the discussion, but if it useful for you to have some focus, you are invited to think about the following:
- When and how did you learn about Thanksgiving, Columbus, and other holidays that we celebrate in the US that can be harmful to Indigenous people? What and how have those ideas changed?
- How do you envision educating young children with historical accuracy and also with respect to age appropriateness?
- What do you feel about the following excerpt: "Multiculturalism emphasizes the "contributions" of oppressed groups to the United States' presumed greatness...This idea of the gift-giving Native...obscures the fact that the very existence of the country is a result of looting an entire continent and displacing Indigenous people."
We are choosing to use the term Indigenous to refer to people native to the Americas, as opposed to Native American or American Indian. You can read about why here: https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/archive/blackhorse-native-american-american-indian-nope-hNAQB_MRSk-07Cw1hAF8Xw/