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Dear WMS Community,
First, I want to thank you for your sweet notes, hugs, “Congratulations”, and wishes for the future after my announcement that I will be retiring as Head of School. (read here). While the school is in great shape and we remain strong, there is much work to do as we move ahead through what we hope will be the waning pandemic together.
The events of the past year have made it as clear as it has ever been that racism, racial prejudice, and racial injustice are continuing issues for our society. For us, as a community dedicated to the education of young children, they pose the daunting questions of how our kids perceive race and what, if anything, we can do to guide them to a more open and accepting view of racial differences.
I have come across a scholarly article written more than a decade ago that attempts to answer some of these questions in a very sensitive and extremely helpful way. The article, written by Erin N. Winkler, is entitled “Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race.” We strongly recommend that you read the entire article here.
Here is a very brief summary of some of its findings:
If you do approach discussions with your kids following this advice, I think you will be surprised at how detailed and even sophisticated your children’s understanding about race might be. Our classroom and studio teachers continue to be sensitive to children’s words and ideas about their perceived identities and their questions about difference and sameness. We welcome discussion and hope you will bring your thoughts about this topic to us.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we join in the announcement of the news today that our Head of School, Ronnie Moskowitz, will retire at the ...
Dearest WMS Community,
I will be retiring from my position as Head of School on June 30th , 2022, at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. ...