How Schools Handle Hate
After incidents of racism and anti-semitism, Seattle-area schools struggle to respond
(EWA Radio: Episode 230)
Education reporters are increasingly covering incidents of racism, antisemitism and other forms of hate committed by K-12 students. But what happens after the media spotlight shifts to the next story? Dahlia Bazzaz of The Seattle Times interviewed dozens of students, teachers, parents and civil rights advocates to find out what they see as effective tools for school communities to combat racial bias and ignorance. Which corrective measures are really improving campus climate? What does the research show about the mental health impacts on students of these kinds of incidents? And how can reporters do a better job framing these high-profile cases as part of a larger picture of what the daily school experience is really like for marginalized students?