Teachers lead talks on Floyd case in US classrooms

Tuesday marked the latest challenge for teachers around the U.S. who have grappled with how to address the country's reckoning with racial injustice for the past year. (April 21)

Video Transcript

- Thank you.

DARA GRONAU: You know, we really care a lot about student voice, and so any time there's an issue, whatever it may be, whether it's local or whether it's national, we really-- to the extent that there's nothing stopping us, we'll use it as an opportunity for kids to talk about it, for kids to process it.

- God, please let the healing work begin. Repentance. Repentance. Accountability and healing.

DARA GRONAU: We don't teach in a vacuum, and, you know, kids are gonna have, you know, they might have misinformation, 'cause that happens sometimes. They might have just lingering questions. You know, maybe they didn't talk about it at home. Maybe they did and they disagree, or-- you know, we just have a space where they can come to school and talk about it with their teachers and with their peers.

[CHEERS]

[SOBBING]

LESLIE BLATTEAU: You know, I'm a white person. So I don't know what it's like to be a Black person or a brown person being targeted by police. But I can imagine that it is exhausting and traumatizing. So I don't ever force it. I just try to tread lightly to create space and honor the voices and honor silence and processing as well.

- Save me. George Floyd. Save me. George Floyd. Save me. George Floyd. Save me.