From the Head of School
June 2, 2020
Dear Tower Families,
As protests mount across the nation in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, they serve as another stark reminder of human suffering that is the result of the unequal treatment of people in our country. Such adversity is not new but rather a continuation of long-established and disturbing patterns of injustice.
I believe I speak for all Tower faculty when I say that at times like these, my thoughts go to the children. As adults, it is imperative that we not shy away from difficult discussions about race but instead remain open to questions and ideas, especially those coming from children. Reflecting on ourselves and the ways in which racial identity impacts each of our daily lives and life experiences is necessary conversation that serves to educate and empower us all.
Understanding that such conversations can be challenging to have with children in ways that are age-appropriate, I offer these resources:
- Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
- Teaching Tolerance: Beyond the Golden Rule
- NPR: Raising White Kids' Author On How White Parents Can Talk About Race
- Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race
- Resources from the Tower Library
At Tower, we seek to educate children so that they can thrive within a community rich with diverse perspectives and talents. Thank you for your support as we continue to uplift, support, and strengthen all members of our community.
Serena Wilkie Gifford
Head of School