The current events added another layer of difficulty: teachers felt ill-equipped when students wanted to talk about stories full of racists that have appeared repeatedly in the news. For fear of making these conversations wrong, many teachers simply changed the subject. Watkins felt they needed help. ”How do they make this very important conversation take place in their rooms, but they don`t make themselves vulnerable to a communication error and perhaps cost them their job?” It is not easy to talk about race. Whatever your ethnic background, conversations about race feel like they`re loaded with anti-personnel mines that are just waiting to begin. People become defensive. Or scared. No one wants to say the wrong thing. So often, we avoid talking about race.
The course, moderated by EDUCATOREd from PCG, is based on the idea that one of the biggest obstacles to progress on racial issues is people`s discomfort with talking about it, so it gives participants the tools they need to conduct these difficult conversations. An important element of the Courageous Conversations protocol is the Four Agreements, rules for participating in these difficult discussions. Even without taking the course, learning these four chords can shed light on what it takes to progress in a race conversation. ”In our society,” Singleton says, ”we have given permission to detach ourselves from this conversation.” An obligation to remain engaged instead of leaving when it becomes unpleasant, ensures that the important conversation actually takes place. Categories: Book Reviews, Leadership, Podcast, Cooperation This message contains Amazon affiliate links. If you make a purchase on these links, cult of pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. The course begins by helping educators understand why it is important to talk about race ”to help them understand how differences unfold, what differences there are, and why understanding that really improves their productivity and work actually improves,” says Glenn Singleton, who created the course.