I might be wrong. I often am. Here is a thing I am struggling with: We had our second race and racism article group yesterday with our staff and at the end a bunch of people talked about wanting to have students come in and talk to us about their experiences. I am not sold yet. Here are some pros and cons and I would love to know anyone else’s thinking:
pro: our students know their experiences better than we do so letting them share is a good thing.
con: we have only been talking ourselves for like two weeks. we are just scratching the surface of the work we can first.
pro: impact of students speaking is huge
con: I am nervous that there will be some “that doesn’t happen here” language and it will make us think we are magical unicorns
con: I don’t believe it is the job of our students of color to teach their white teachers about racism and moreover I am really concerned about systems of oppression and I am not convinced our students know about that
pro: it might get a lot of teachers to show up
con: if they only show up for that one is it really helping anything
con: I am really concerned about power dynamics
Pros? Cons? What you got for me? Are my concerns unwarranted?