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Discipline disparities between Black and white boys have driven reform efforts for years. But Black girls are arguably the most at-risk student group in the United States. By Erica L. GreenMark Walker and Eliza Shapiro. McKinstry said.
One child is black, the other is white and the book develops a rich dialogue about how these children and their families see the world around them from the perspective of race. Please upgrade for the best experience.
The Binghamton City School District prides itself on its diverse school community. More Stories.
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The full statement from the school district is posted below: The Binghamton City School District prides itself on its diverse school community. We apologize for the negative light this has shined on their profession and commitment to our safety. You are using an outdated browser. In a statement dated April 16, but not released to 12 News until Monday, the district explained why it chose the book while also stating, "in no way does this book represent our thinking or beliefs about our police.
The book reflects a national topic that is current and impacts many of our students and their families. Open toolbar. The intent behind the use of the book was to promote inclusion and anti-racism.
It is not immediately clear if the district has chosen to continue the use of the book. We are proud of the relationships they and other officers have developed with our students and the school community.
The Binghamton City School District has embraced School Resource Officers, each whom have served as outstanding role models for our students. It is unfortunate when any profession is portrayed negatively.
The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.
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In an effort to teach about tolerance, the book was shared with students in small reading groups. Stay with 12 News for more information.
We support and respect the brave police officers that protect our community. In no way does this book represent our thinking or beliefs about our police. August 16, pm.
Binghamton schools release statement after criticism of children’s book about race
The book is about the experiences and perspectives of two children growing up in the same town and attending the same school, in the same classroom. According to the book's summary, the story follows "two families -- one White, one Black -- as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The book, written by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard, is based on the viewpoints of two children who attend the same classroom.
Teachers were provided the necessary resources to handle the important questions and dialogue that may arise after reading the book. While the book includes conversation around racial bias and injustice against African Americans, the concepts are focused on the importance of treating everyone fairly.
This is a developing story. The Youtube link to the read-aloud video was taken down Friday morning.