The beginning of the school year is always an exciting and stressful time. The 2021 academic school year was particularly challenging as many communities debate how to operate schools safely during a pandemic.
At the same time, the country is grappling with how to address present-day discrimination, racism and the legacy of slavery, as school boards, parents, and lawmakers argue about what students should be taught. New laws and policies are also emerging to regulate how transgender students participate in sports.
SRL wants you to explore some of the big debates related to education in your community as the new school year begins. Click on the Assignment Tab to complete. Here are some examples of topics you may want to explore:
- How schools handle diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Pandemic response: masks in schools, how schools spent covid relief funds
- How schools handle discipline, including cyberbullying
- Schools treatment toward LGBTQ+ students
***OPTIONAL: Come up with your own topics and questions. Explore other issues related to education people are debating in your school and community. Reach out to an SRL youth media producer for help.