NEWS: National Public Radio Education Correspondent Features WCC
A news segment featuring World City Center was run on KPCC and “The World” on National Public Radio today. It captures a raw and honest moment with our teachers as they spoke with their class about Trump winning the presidency.
On Wednesday, November 9th, KPCC Education Correspondent Deepa Fernandez was scheduled to visit us to interview our teachers on our cultural curriculum and World City Center’s unique approach to teaching kids about the world. Instead, she found us collectively devastated by the Trump win and grappling with the proper way to convey our dismay and sadness to the children.
Rather than use some canned language we led from the heart, simply and truthfully acknowledging our feelings with the children. We spend so much time teaching them to identify and express their emotions, it just felt inauthentic to go through the day pretending like we weren’t all holding on by a thread. We were sad. We were crying. Their parents were crying too. They deserved some sort of explanation.
As an almost completely Latina staff, with several children and families of color in our school community, we were profoundly affected by the hate messages spewed on the campaign trail. Our school is a bilingual learning environment founded on the tenants of cultural exchange and global exploration. We are deeply committed to honoring people from all different backgrounds, belief systems, cultures, races, gender orientation, abilities, etc. The new presidential candidate has not shown to uphold this same level of respect for groups that differ from him.
The proliferation of Trumps limited way of thinking and acting toward diverse audiences poses a threat to everything that we have worked to achieve through our work: teaching folks unconditional love, compassion, acceptance, respect, and appreciation for one another. We could not mask our concern on this day.
We realize that the work that we do is needed more now that ever. We will need to think and act very thoughtfully to ensure that our future generations can transmute these patterns of fear, racism, sexism and misogyny.
You can listen to the full feature on KPPC National Public Radio here: