We believe that the racial achievement gap exists and persists because fundamentally, schools are not designed to educate students of colour, and educators continue to lack the will, skill, knowledge, and capacity to affirm racial diversity.
We have labelled the formal structure that exists for this type of dialogue Courageous Conversations, defined as utilizing the agreements, conditions, and compass to engage, sustain, and deepen interracial dialogue about race in order to examine schooling and improve student achievement.
Specifically, a Courageous Conversation
- engages those who won't talk
- sustains the conversation when it gets uncomfortable or diverted
- deepens the conversation to the point where authentic understanding and meaningful actions occur
- Why do racial gaps exist?
- What is the origin of the racial gaps?
- What factors have allowed these gaps to persist for so many years?
From: Courageous Conversations about Race by Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton
Published by: Corwin Press