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Fugitive slaves fleeing from Maryland to Delaware by way of the “Underground Railroad,” 1850-1851. Some educators say that classroom simulations of the Underground Railroad and other historical events related to slavery, designed to foster empathy, can actually minimize horrific events.
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Do Simulations Have a Place in Lessons on Slavery?

Some teachers simulate slavery in their classrooms to try to foster empathy. But in practice, many educators say, these activities can minimize horrific events, recreate racist power dynamics, and cause emotional hurt to black students. (March 27, 2019)

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Raising Kings: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep (Audio Series)
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Letter to the Editor
What the NCTQ Report Misses
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Some teachers simulate slavery in their classrooms to try to foster empathy. But in practice, many educators say, these activities can minimize horrific events, recreate racist power dynamics, and cause emotional hurt to black students.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Public schools in Charlottesville, Va., remain closed for a second day as authorities investigate a racist threat that was posted online.
March 22, 2019 – AP
A federal judge told the Trump administration it can't delay a policy aimed at drawing closer attention to minority over-representation in special education. Here are seven key things to know.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
It isn't enough to "love all students," writes the University of Georgia's Bettina L. Love.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
Should colleges prioritize racial or class diversity? It isn't actually an either/or choice, writes education professor Julie J. Park.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
Robin DiAngelo, the white author who coined the term “white fragility,” explains the sensitivity that prevents productive conversations about race.
January 24, 2019 – Education Week
A growing movement to shed Confederate names on public schools has drawn attention in recent years. But public schools named in honor of segregationists haven't drawn the same level of scrutiny.
January 23, 2019 – Education Week
A Virginia study documents an increase in race-related bullying in middle schools in communities that voted for President Donald Trump, and a drop in those that favored Hilary Clinton.
January 16, 2019 – Education Week
Drawing on his personal experience growing up in an Air Force family, Daarel Burnette II highlights emerging research on military-connected students.
January 9, 2019 – Education Week

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