• Petitioned The Seattle Public Schools Curriculum Review Committee

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The Seattle Public Schools Curriculum Review Committee

Reinstate the Social Justice Curriculum at The Center School.

    1. zak Meyer
    2. Petition by

      zak Meyer

Excerpt from Seattle Post Intelligencer

 

One of the conditions is to expect discomfort; that is natural whenever people talk about something -- in this case race -- that is not usually a part of daily conversation. We are not surprised when we or others feel uncomfortable during the conversation, but we do not try to rescue one another from the discomfort. It's a learning process, and it becomes natural only through experience.

 

We are involved in Courageous Conversations because, we see the struggle against racism as a struggle we must all engage in. We recognize that racism hurts oppressor and oppressed, if in different ways and to varying degrees. It is a morally corrupt matrix into which we all are born, and from which we all suffer -- and against which we must all struggle, united in our vibrantly diverse human community. We work toward social justice not only for the sake of others, but for our own sake as well. We all have a stake in what our society is, and we all have a responsibility to make it what it can be.

 

 

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/opinion/article/What-courageous-conversations-are-and-what-1276110.php#ixzz2M2CJqUa6

 

The article, published in The Seattle PI in 2008, speaks to the importance of continuing our own conversations on race at The Center School.

 

On August 2th, 2002, courageous conversations led by Glen Singleton were a mandatory training of 7,000 Seattle Public School teachers and staff. Its intent was to raise the academic performance of students, We below present and past student as well as friends and family of the social justice curriculum at The Center School, feel that it is still vitality important to hold these conversations, despite discomfort. The importance of these discussions is to help educate individuals about the personal experiences of those who have dealt with Social Injustice, and further their understanding of acceptance of gender and race.

 

Please help us support the current curriculum on race and social justice here at The Center School.

 

Our cause would also be helped if you would write letters, to the people below, telling them about your personal experiences with The Center School Social Justice curriculum, and the benefits of students learning about Social Justice.

 

Fax Numbers…

Jose Banda 206-252-0259

Marni Cambell 206-252-0259

Oksana Britsova 206-252-9851

Michael Tolley- Executive Director of Education- 206-252-0259

Kay Smith-Blum - School Board President- schoolboard@seattleschool.org

 

To:
The Seattle Public Schools Curriculum Review Committee
Reinstate the Social Justice Curriculum at The Center School

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Seattle School District issues a chill on academic freedom: Race and Social

      zak Meyer
      Petition Organizer

      Seattle School District issues a chill on academic freedom:
      Race and Social Justice curriculum watered down and teacher forced out of Seattle Public High School
      By Zak Meyer, student at The Center School
      June 4, 2013
      Seattle, WA – Tomorrow June 5th 2013 at 4:30 pm the Seattle School Board is meeting at the John Stanford building on, 2445 3rd Avenue South. Testimony will be presented on the MAPS test and the transferring of the teacher of the race and social justice curriculum at The Center School.
      Background
      In March, Jon Greenberg’s class on Race and Social Justice came under review as a result of one student and their parent's complaint that the curriculum was “intimidating”. This was the first and only complaint against Mr. Greenberg in his ten years of teaching this popular course. The District claimed to have investigated but failed to interview students who were present during the alleged intimidation.
      A two-week suspension was placed on discussing social justice issues in th

    3. Reached 750 signatures
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      Petition Organizer

      the fax numbers are correct

    5. Reached 100 signatures
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      zak Meyer
      Petition Organizer

      The fax numbers are incorrect. I will post the correct ones as soon I receive them.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Maggie Black WASHINGTON, DC
      • 8 months ago

      Center School Alumni-Mr. Greenberg changed my life and this curriculum was crucial in my studies throughout college. Generally speaking, this is an unjust case where a wonderful teacher and person has been persecuted by the complaint of one student after a decade of teaching.

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    • SINA SAM PULLMAN, WA
      • 9 months ago

      We do not live in a post-racial society yet, give our children the education and tools necessary to make meaningful impact in their generation for change.

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    • Amanda Borow SOMERVILLE, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because these conversations are the foundation for change in our country

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    • Tom Ly SEATTLE, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      The parent who complained that the Social Justice Curriculum taught at Seattle Schools made her feel "intimidated." The removal of the course prevents student from learning about the social ills of racism, sexism, homophobia, and any other form of discrimination.

      This parent is perpetuating the status quo, which prevents us from moving forward to a better society. Please sign the petition to make sure Seattle Public School continue to teach this badly needed curriculum. Thanks!

      Tom

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    • John Dunn SEATTLE, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      Ten years of teaching this curriculum, and only one complaint??? Give me a break!

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