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Class Consciousness: Talking to Kids, Schools and Parents

October 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

One of the most toxic and unspoken ways in which children and teens are shamed or bullied or simply made anxious has to do with social class. Talking about privilege or economic struggle could—and perhaps should–start at home, but parents often don’t have the tools with which to explain our country’s vast inequalities and the ways they may impact school culture. Education is supposed to be the great equalizer but teachers don’t always have a framework for open discussions either. Meanwhile, some public school districts “lunch shame” students whose parents can’t manage to pay the fee.” with “Basic things such as lunch, book fairs, extracurricular activities and field trips already begin tow widen the class divide as early as kindergarten.

How do we as either teachers or parents walk the line between
truth-telling and enlightening our kids and shielding them from the difficulties of the world? How do we bridge class divides in the classroom? And what role does race play in the conversation? What the benefits of understanding class early in life? And what help can kids, parents, advocates and experts who cover the issue provide?
Alissa Quart is the executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and journalist for the Guardian.
Anne Phillips is the Executive Director of Class Action, an organization inspiring to end classism.
Sophia Boyer education expert and a youth participant from Boston Mobilization's Sub/Urban Justice Program.



October 26, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
6 Eliot St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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