Dear University Prep Community,
I imagine that many of you, like me, have been watching the events that took place in Charlottesville with upset and a deep and abiding opposition to any and all forms of racial hatred, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism.
There is nothing equivocal about the violence that took place in Charlottesville and there is no moral equivalency between white supremacy and antiracist protest.
We are gearing up for the start of another school year and will be back together in a few short days. Our work focuses on children and our commitment to help each child reach his or her potential to become intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizens of the world. Our mission is not passive.
To help us all respond to our students' questions--and perhaps some of our own--I would like to share with you several helpful resources that I previously forwarded to our teachers and colleagues from the Washington Post and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
We do not know what the next few weeks will bring, yet we will be plan to have discussions with our students to help them process, understand, and make sense of recent events in a way that gives them optimism and hope to make meaningful, lasting change in our society and our world.
I look forward to the new school year and to seeing you soon.