Over the past several days, we have watched protests call for justice and equality after the tragic killing of George Floyd. We’ve seen thousands of people from all ages and backgrounds engage in nonviolent peaceful protests to stand up and speak out against racism and injustice. Unfortunately, we’ve also witnessed violence in communities across America as a response to our failure to recognize all people as equal under the law.
Our children will seek desperately to understand these events. As adults and educators, we must listen and respond with honesty and empathy. We also must teach them to stand up against racism, injustice, and inequity through non-violent means.
Current events demonstrate both the urgency and fundamental importance of embedding in public education the values of eliminating racism and implicit bias, the principle of identifying and closing inequities in educational opportunities and achievement, and the urgency of promoting thoughtful expression and moral courage.
Working with state and local education leaders, the Imperial County Office of Education is committed to continuing the important conversation illuminated by recent events and will hold firm to our value of promoting equity and justice as fundamental principles in service to our community. To fulfill this promise, we need to engage in open and honest conversations about racism in America and adjust our policies and spending priorities to bring about meaningful change.
It is imperative that we engage in this work together for ourselves, for each other, and especially for our children. Together, let us find strength in our shared humanity as we invest ourselves in our children’s future.