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Re: “Durham Central Park School Teacher Responds to 'Daily Caller' Hit Piece

We have been a central park school family for many years now and we love the school. The children do get a well rounded excellent education which is apparent in all the tracking that is done. My own daughter who graduated has been an A/B student throughout DPS middle school and starts high school in the fall. No need to worry that our kids aren't learning to read just because they are also learning about civic responsibility. Parents sign a blanket walking field trip permission slip at the start of the year and the children often take these walks around the block. This one was absolutely announced ahead of time- I don't even have a child in the particular class that marched and I read about it weeks before. This was NOT an official BLM march, as other commenters seems to erroneously think. This is a group of first graders walking with teachers & parents around the block. There were no adult protesters. There was no announcement outside of the school. The children were perfectly safe. CP is a project based school. These children did a project on the civil rights movement- past to current- which naturally would include learning about the BLM movement. If you don't think that a group of first graders could feel passionate about injustice & could conceive and plan a march around the block in support of BLM, you greatly underestimate first graders or at least what is possible in a school like CP which absolutely follows the lead of the child. It is true that the school has had to work hard to increase diversity and they have been increasingly successful though it is something they continue to work toward. Other schools give lip service to social justice by observing black history month in February. Our school is serious about doing the hard work of looking at ourselves and rooting out our own biases in order to be as equitable as possible and having hard conversations about what is happening in our world. I adore this teacher for the work she is doing. I fully support our director in backing her up and sticking to the principles & values of the school even when it's not necessarily politically expedient to do so. I have never been more proud of our school than I am right now.

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Posted by Julie 1 on 03/28/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Durham Central Park School Teacher Responds to 'Daily Caller' Hit Piece

We love Central Park- have been a family there for years. Parents sign a blanket permission slip for walking field trips at the start of every year and kids often take a walk around the block. But parents were told about this march in advance. I read about it weeks before and my child was not even in the class that marched. It's a project based school. The kids studied the past and current struggle for civil rights including BLM. If you don't think first graders are saavy and passionate enough to decide to
Hold their own March, you underestimate that age group or at least what they are capable of in a setting like Central Park. I support this amazing and dedicated teacher whole heartedly and I adore our wonderful director for sticking to his principles and the values of our school. Racial equity is about more than studying black history in February. I have never been more proud of our school.

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Posted by Julie 1 on 03/27/2016 at 8:02 PM

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