Dec. 24, 2020
During this season of uncertainty, the Hatch Early Learning Team has reinvested its time, talent and support
The past few weeks in America and abroad have been filled with civil unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd and the unfair treatment of people of color. As I deal with the internal turmoil within myself, I ponder about the littlest learners we encounter daily and what they are thinking. I also wonder how we, as members in early childhood education, can evoke change for a better tomorrow.
I know from my experience as a black woman, talking about race with adults can be challenging; trying to have conversations with young children adds another layer of difficulty. In my reflection, I am reminded of a quote by Fredrick Douglas, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." This statement is so true. It is more effective and fruitful to give the children and families we serve the tools and resources needed to build the kind of future they deserve. While the death of George Floyd and others have caused unbelievable hurt and anger, they present teachable moments for parents and educators.
Below are 12 suggestions to talk to children about race and anti-racism.
Finally, remember that behavior changes take time and continual effort. As a parent or educator, you are the first line of defense in promoting healthy, fair, and meaningful relationships with children. Our world is becoming more diverse, and the first step to change is having open, honest, and at times, tough conversations. But remember that we have one common factor: our humanity.