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 From Suzanne Fogarty, Head of School

December, 2014

Friends,

The recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and in New York City raise important and challenging questions about the racial divide in our country.  As a Quaker school, we value reflection and thoughtful dialogue. We value pressing the pause button of the school day to take time to unpack difficult issues and to share our questions, thoughts and opinions.

As I type, four Lincoln Upper School students and three faculty members are participating in NAIS’s Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Indianapolis and I am sure that these recent grand jury decisions will be an integral part of the big and small group discussions. I am also sure that the students and faculty will share feedback and suggestions for how our community can continue this conversation in thoughtful and productive ways.

In the meantime, these important discussions are spontaneously emerging in our classrooms. And they should. Lincoln is a school that is founded on the values of social justice and respect for all people.

We will also be discussing race and racism in age-appropriate ways across the divisions.  In the Lower School, the discussion will revolve around social justice and respect. Middle School students will be reading a selection of articles that they will unpack in their history classes, while Upper School students will spend time in small group discussions during our Wednesday assembly period. And next Friday, we will dedicate our Middle and Upper School Silent meetings to deeper reflection prompted by queries about inclusion and community.

The opportunity to share our thoughts and ideas about complex and challenging issues is a gift. As a school, we are always looking for ways to build greater awareness and acceptance of different perspectives. This is the true meaning of dialogue and it takes work—work we are willing and ready to do at Lincoln School.

Best,

 

Suzanne Fogarty
Head of School

 

 

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