In a letter to parents and staff Scott Robinson, the Superintendent of the Vancouver School District, says times like these; with Sunday’s terror attack at a Quebec City mosque and U.S. President Trump’s travel ban, is an opportunity to teach children.
“I’ve always believed very strongly in the power behind teachable moments, when things are going on in real life, around kids and their families and around our schools. It’s a great opportunity to sit down and have open, honest conversations with kids about what’s happening, to hear their thoughts and to share what we as adults think we perhaps need kids to hear about.”
Robinson released the letter to assure parents the district is committed to creating an inclusive environment for kids.
He says it’s been heart-warming to know people want to make sure concerned families are being cared for.
“We value diversity, we expect diversity and that we want to work with our families to promote that diversity. I also wanted to make sure that students who may be directly, or more directly impacted by what’s been happening, hear a very clear message from me that we as a school district is standing beside them.”
He says there’s a culture developing around diversity and acceptance in schools.