Magazine article Momentum

Teaching and Leading in TURBULENT TIMES

Magazine article Momentum

Teaching and Leading in TURBULENT TIMES

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It is not easy to be an educator. It is even harder to be a Catholic educator. We are called to be a moral compass to the young people whom God has called us to teach and lead. In these turbulent times, when we are confronted with banner headlines that scream racial, cultural and social intolerance, it is often hard to know how to have the conversations that need to be taking place in every Catholic and public classroom in the country. As educators we need to address and take ownership of the fact that racism, whether overt or subtle, is still alive and well in our educational systems ... and our Catholic institutions are not immune.

Today more than ever we need to recognize and address the ways we have allowed the racism of low expectations to exist in our classrooms. We need to acknowledge tuition structures that prevent too many students from accessing Catholic education. We need to look at the equitable distribution of our most talented and experienced teachers throughout the curriculum, rather than just teaching the upper level courses. We need to look at our disciplinary structures and ask ourselves if our students of color are more apt to be suspended or expelled than their white counterparts.

Most of all, as educators who seek to teach as Jesus did, with respect, compassion and love, we pray for the guidance to acknowledge, confront and destroy the subtle and overt forms of racism that, left unchecked, will destroy the spirit and heart of a young person. The dialogues we are called to are not easy ones; they take courage and vision and faith.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) seeks to create a learning and sharing dialogue that has the potential to cultivate the heart as well as the mind. The first step in this critical dialogue is the panel discussion taking place at the NCEA 2018 Convention and Expo, "Teaching and Leading in Turbulent Times: How to Navigate Discussions About Racism, Politics and Current Events in Your Catholic School and Diocese." The outstanding panel, chaired by the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S. …

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