ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – “Teaching Ferguson,” a forum designed to help teachers learn how to talk to their students about racism and the Michael Brown shooting, drew a crowd of nearly 100 people Tuesday night at Saint Louis University.
Attendees spoke passionately about ways to help their students have productive conversations about bias, privilege and race.
Villa Duchesne teacher John Powell asked for strategies to talk about race to a room full of mostly white, privileged young girls.
“Maybe the most important thing are those personal stories,” he says. “As they said, you can have a speaker come in, talk about what happened in Ferguson, talk about racism in their own lives—that oftentimes gets through to people more than statistics.”
Chaminade teacher Dan Stout says the discussion reinforced for him just how important it is to talk to students about bias and privilege.
“I came to this and more importantly I have to do this,” he says. “I’m not being the educator I need to be if I’m not going to do this.”
Panelists at the forum also encouraged teachers to focus on just listening to students.
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