Resources for Talking about Racism
Often we feel far removed from the terror, sadness and crisis that occur; however the events over the weekend in response to the tragic death of George Floyd have touched us all given that the emotional unrest and despair that this and other acts of racialized hatred cause have no bounds. Our hearts goes out to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Nina Pop, and it is with heartfelt sympathy that we write this note.
MSP is a community built upon a deep respect for the individual dignity of every person and an understanding that our connections as humans are indivisible. Our Montessori philosophy is rooted in the fundamental ideal of respect. Respect for self, and for others.
Your children, even the youngest, may be exposed to the news, and may be asking some big questions right now, or you may feel it is time to start or continue conversations about race in your home. It is our hope that whatever age your child is, you will find a way to have these important conversations. In an effort to support your conversations, and to help children realize their ability to contribute to the creation of a more just society through understanding, empathy, connection and love, we’d like to offer the following resources:
Dr. Montessori so wisely understood that, “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education: all politics can do is keep us out of war”.
Let us all work together to ensure all members of our community feel valued, respected, and safe.
Please reach out, if you need further help or support on this topic.
In peace, MSP
These lists of children’s books, compiled by a variety of sources, have themes that aim to accurately reflect the many people, cultures, and traditions of our world; help dispel myths and biases; and promote peace and understanding.
“Books for Peace: An Annotated Bibliography,” from AMS’s Montessori Life magazine, Spring 2016.
“Power Picture Books: Tools for Teaching Peace,” from Montessori Life, Winter 2008 – 2009.
“Children’s Books That Tackle Race and Ethnicity,” by Maria Russo, from the New York Times, September 23, 2016.