'Teachers should read the books'

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As a retired public school teacher, a former substitute teacher in Beloit, and a parent of 2 sons who graduated from Beloit, I felt compelled to write a letter which addresses the so called "discipline problem" in Beloit schools.

I did not attend the town hall meeting from a year ago, which was attended by teachers, students, and community members. But I was concerned about the many negative comments, as reported in the paper. This attitude about lack of discipline in our students seems to still be an issue by some. All students deserve to have teachers that understand and respect them. Teachers need to be able to relate to all students from all backgrounds, while taking into consideration our society's systemic racism.

White teachers, which I am, should be strongly advised to read the following books: White Fragility by Robin Di Angelo, White Privilege by Paula Rothenberg, and White Rage by Carol Anderson. Every school board member should read Teaching for Black Lives, a Rethinking Schools publication.

Martha Dunegan

Beloit

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