Cultural Competence

Are White Teachers Ready?

In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, educators are approaching the new school year with a greater sense of urgency about needing to teach about race and the nation’s history of white supremacy. They’re also talking about the challenge this poses when 80 percent of teachers in K-12 public schools are white and the majority of students in those schools aren’t. Are white teachers ready to have critical conversations about race with all students—conversations that are honest, transparent, and acknowledge the experiences of people of color while calling out white supremacy? Are the majority of white teachers ready, willing, and able to speak truth to power?

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