Here’s How Schools Are Celebrating Black Lives Matter Week

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

“Black Lives Matter at School” week hit K-12 campuses from Feb. 5-9, and students nationwide read poems, drew pictures and sang about the issue, according to a Thursday report.

School boards from Pennsylvania to Washington state have endorsed “Black Lives Matter at School” week, according to The Washington Post, though it’s unclear just how many schools participated. 

The event’s organizers demanded education policymakers eradicate “zero tolerance” discipline, hire more black teachers, and enforce ethnic studies and black history education at the K-12 level.

“This resolution makes the unequivocal declaration from the School Board that the lives of our black students matter, as well as the lives of all of our students of color,” said the Seattle School Board. “This week is being recognized by educators nationwide as an opportunity to promote racial justice and identity safety in classrooms.”

Schools and teachers participating in the week pull curriculum from lists of resources, such as this one from the D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice.

The organization assigns themes that deal with not only race, but also gender, sexuality, etc. to each day of the week. On Wednesday, the day assigned to “Queer Affirming, Trans Affirming, Collective Value,” students are recommended to learn from an “I Am Jazz” introduction, which teaches vocabulary like “nonbinary,” or “having a gender identity that is neither ‘boy’ or ‘girl.'”

The guide instructs teachers to say “the only way to really know if someone is a boy or a girl is to ask them!”

Another diversity lesson includes a play in which children from a family of snakes and a family of frogs play together until their parents tell them they can no longer play together. A vocabulary list includes the words “racism” and “prejudice.”

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