If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Dear TPS Community Members,
The tragic events of the last few weeks in the United States and abroad have left us questioning how we can make the world we hope to see. More than ever, our school and our community must reaffirm our shared responsibility to work toward a better, more just society.
In these uncertain, troubling times, as we guide students along the paths to their futures, we can take solace and find optimism in the work that our teachers and students do each day. In their classrooms, children learn to consider multiple perspectives and to think deeply and critically about issues – habits of mind that foster empathy, respect, and social engagement. Curricular work on social justice, issues of race, and the challenges of making, as our third graders would say, a more fair United States promotes an awareness and appreciation of the complexity and diversity of the world around us.
Progressive education means learning by doing, and, as expressed in our diversity mission statement, “we keep particular questions in mind. Is what we are doing inclusive? Is it respectful? Does it lead, in however large or small a way, to a more peaceful and equitable world? For us, valuing diversity also means staying curious, thinking critically about our assumptions, and acknowledging the range of perspectives that comprises any truth. And it means acting on what we have learned from one another.”
We must place our children at the center as we process the heartbreak that we have experienced as a result of these senseless tragedies. Please talk to your children and remind them that there is great power in empathy, engagement, and understanding. Here are some resources that you might find helpful.
“Helping Kids During Crisis,” The American School Counselor Association
“Helping Children Cope: Tips for Talking About Tragedy,” Mayo Clinic
“Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis,” National Association of School Psychologists
Together we must put compassion at the center of all that we do. Let us all, every day, work to make the world we hope to see.
Head of School