Inquiry Is Not A Bad Word, It Is A Best Practice

By Shannon Pugh

When someone criticizes our curriculum as focusing too much on race and systemic racism rather than the advancements that we have made related to race, how will you respond?

I will respond by saying that social studies curricula should courageously address the history and the modern-day consequences of enslavement and systemic racism, because we cannot fully understand and honor the successes of abolition and civil rights without fully understanding what we were fighting for and against. We also cannot truly work on ensuring that all of us are fully benefiting from the opportunities and experiences that this great nation provides without understanding and addressing the barriers, both intentional and not, that prevent all of us from having an equal opportunity at achieving all that this country claims to stand for. This is how I will respond. How will you respond?