We admired it a couple of years back when the school board at OPRF sat down for extended conversations about race. Not about race in a macro academic or political sense. But race in terms of real life. Their real lives.
It was an enlightening effort, a brave thing to attempt for leaders of a key institution where issues of race and class are always present but not so often addressed or even acknowledged.
Last week our reporter Terry Dean wrote about the latest incarnation of "Courageous Conversations" at OPRF. This time it is teachers listening and talking about race and how it touches their teaching, their expectations for black students and even their attitudes about African American parents.
What does a white teacher say when black students profess they can't learn the material? How does a teacher engage African American parents when they have a real but unspoken bias that those parents just don't care as much about their kids?
Well, as OPRF is proving, you start by talking, by understanding that you don't grow to adulthood in America without carrying racial bias. It is how you deal with the prejudice, how you actively grow through it and beyond it.
Keep talking OPRF. You're on the right track.
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