Some Philadelphia teachers are urging their colleagues to plan a week of lessons on the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Caucus of Working Educators, a Philadelphia teachers’ union organization, wants teachers to wear Black Lives Matter gear, put aside their regular lesson plans, and host a week of schooling dedicated to teaching kids about Black Lives Matter, particularly that the movement is “life affirming” and inclusive, reports ABC News.
The organization has already written lesson plans for the week of Jan 23-Jan 28, many of which are based on BLM’s calls for diversity and globalism.
“The vast majority of students that we serve are black, and it’s important to affirm the lives of our students,” Charlie McGeehan, a co-organizer, said.
The themes for the lessons vary day to day. Jan. 23’s lessons are supposed to cover ideas of “restorative justice, empathy and loving engagement,” while Jan. 24 will deal with diversity and globalism.
One teacher, Amy Roat, said that the point of the lessons is to teach students about current events.
“We are a school that is very inclusive and we talk about a lot of good, juicy stuff.Black Lives Matter functions with 13 principles that I think are good and healthy for kids to learn about,” Roat said, who teaches mostly Latin, Arab and Asian students.
Black Lives Matter’s 13 principles cover ideas such as globalism, transgenderism, and diversity. The movement strives to be “queer affirming” and “transgender affirming, according to its website.
“We are committed to fostering a queer-affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of hetero-normative thinking or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise,” the website declares under the topic “Queer Affirming.”
The school district would not offer a direct comment on the plans, other than saying the district usually offers different ways for students to learn and engage.