I think between the presentations and the discussion on Thursday at the Mill, a common thread that people seem to support is outside community involvement. The classroom is great place to build confidence and teach debate and discussions. Students should feel safe to express them selves in the classroom and they should feel welcome in their classes. But, to build real community and relationships, students need to leave the classrooms and build inter-generational connections. Community events create a safe feeling within the community and not just the classroom.
If we want to bridge the gap between people in America, we start in the classroom and our will students grow up and take it into the real world. I think we will have a time of separation simply because the older generation aren’t prepared to change. But as the population ages; so will outdated ideas. As future teachers we need to focus on uplifting all our student to assure them of a better future.