August 23, 2017
- Teachers have a crucial role in antiracism education
- Antiracism resources for teachers to use in the classroom
- Please support the Red Cross campaign to help BC families affected by wildfires
Teachers have a crucial role in antiracism education
Following the tragic and alarming events in Charlottesville, Virginia, BCTF President Glen Hansman had a column published in the Vancouver Sun outlining the BCTF's long standing commitment to antiracism education, and how our schools must be at the centre of the resistance to racism and neo-Nazism. He wrote, “authentic connection to others is the best inoculation against the fear and alienation that lead youth to radical groups.” Whether those groups are peddling white supremacist hate or other discriminatory ideologies, teachers must be involved in pushing back. Please share the BCTF's Facebook post about this important column.
Antiracism resources for teachers to use in the classroom
The BCTF has many resources online to help teachers with antiracism education. Those resources include the Show racism the red card booklet that includes lesson plans for K-12 students, a bibliography for further reading and research, and strategies to deal with potentially controversial topics in the classroom.
Please support the Red Cross campaign to help BC families affected by wildfires
As wildfires continue to burn across BC, many families continue to be displaced. Many of those affected are our students and some are BC teachers. For example, the Cariboo region is so severely impacted the start of the new school year could be delayed. The BCTF is encouraging British Columbians to make donations to the Red Cross to help address the immediate needs in what has been a horrible situation for so many this summer. Donations to the Red Cross campaign “will help provide immediate relief such as cots, blankets, family reunification, and financial assistance for food, clothing, and personal needs.”