Statement of Anti-racism & Action
We stand in solidarity with many organizations who are committed to Anti-Racist schools.
"This moment of pain, grieving, and uprising against racism is the culmination of over 400 years of structural, physical and symbolic violence against Black people. Rise Academy and Prep stands in solidarity with Black & Brown communities, the Black Lives Matter movement, and everyone working to end police brutality and realize racial justice. We also recognize that statements of solidarity are not sufficient without action.
Teachers must play a critical role in disrupting racism. Teaching for racial justice includes anti-racist curriculum and pedagogy as well as advocating for school-wide anti racist practices that listen to, value, and advance the hope and needs of Black and Brown students, families, and teachers.
We believe teaching is an ethical and political act. Educational scholar, Paulo Freire, reminds us that there is no apolitical classroom; if we remain silent then we are complicit. We must do the work required to end racism: listen, learn, repair, take risks, and disrupt all the ways racism shows up in our lives, communities, and schools." (https://www.southernct.edu/academics/curriculum-learning/statement-of-antiracism, 2020)