Inspiration for this week’s blog came from both within and outside our SCS community.
Over the past three months, I have written much about the opportunities for learning that I believe have come about because of the COVID-19 crisis. The events unfolding in the U.S. over the past week only serve to reinforce that the work we are doing to educate the next generation of leaders who have the courage and conviction to fight for what is right is imperative.
SCS’s leadership team has been very grateful for the feedback we have received from students, parents, and staff since our move to virtual learning in March. In the face of challenging work, we have and will continue to learn. Striving to be better as we incorporate what we’ve learned is key to ensuring our future growth – not just in the midst of a pandemic.
One of the most important pieces of feedback we have received from our community is that our girls are missing their relationships; they are missing the personal, physical interactions that are afforded by being in the school building, with Clementines of all ages. Community is important. Feeling included and embraced is fundamental to engaged learning – and well-being.
Our assembly this past week to celebrate Pride Month was a reminder of how being able to be true to oneself as part of a wider, inclusive community is so important to one’s well-being. It was also a reminder of how we all still have much work to do to promote change in a complex world. This is a vital component of the education of our girls: to guide and support them as they develop and grow their sense of self and their strength of conviction; to believe in and fight for what is right. For, our mission is that they have become outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous, and compassionate.
Perhaps the most powerful- and troubling- things that drive home the imperative of changing our complex and troubled world are the continual and devastating events involving racism and, particularly anti-Black racism. Over the past week these have included the Incident in Central Park with Christian Cooper, and the death of George Floyd.
Educator Tanay Naik posted on Twitter this week, “Lots of talk about a post-COVID19 paradigm shift in education, and that’s great, but we are failing ourselves and future generations if anti-racism (especially anti-Black) and anti-oppression education is not front and centre of this shift.”
There are many opportunities for learning, growth, and improvement as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Beyond just the opportunities for educational transformation, let’s be sure that we are ensuring that our community is one that engages our girls in their learning to have the courage to be who they are and to act out their beliefs in order to make this troubled world a better place.