Rather than simply stating our opinions, the project relies on the stories of former slaves, individuals who grew-up in the Jim Crow south, and people of color who face discrimination today. The project presents students with graphs and data sets that not only teach valuable literacy and academic skills, but also help demonstrate how racial inequality is not a problem unique to any one community or region of the country. Perhaps most importantly, the Race in America project connects students with PenPals from diverse communities across the country and around the world to collaborate and share perspectives.
When designing the Race in America project, our team of curriculum developers were required to make many tough decisions. We know that when discussing race in America, there is not one singular narrative that everyone agrees with. We also know that there are many potential problems that educators face when teaching topics like slavery and racial inequality, but our team firmly believes that there are bigger problems in not teaching these topics. As always, we welcome your feedback.
Thank you for joining us as partners in promoting a racial equality in a country we love and call home.
- Mark Danforth and Joe Troyen, PenPal Schools Co-Founders