Private K-8 "Waldorf Swallowtail School & Farm" sent parents "Anti-Racism Resources for White People." The "resources" at the site are grounded in radical Critical Race Theory and are critical of western society and institutions, especially the United States. Many are highly political, pro-Marxist, anti-capitalist, and supportive of direct activism (including link to recent article in the news, "In Defense of Looting").
Here is just one example of the White Parent "resources" -- "The Combahee River Collective Statement," stating "Although we are in essential agreement with Marx's theory as it applied to the very specific economic relationships he analyzed, we know that his analysis must be extended further in order for us to understand our specific economic situation as Black women... We realize that the liberation of all oppressed peoples necessitates the destruction of the political-economic systems of capitalism and imperialism as well as patriarchy."
This month, the Swallowtail faculty and staff began an anti-racism study together, as part of our commitment to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement we adopted in June. Our Equity Committee is guiding us through journaling prompts and conversations with the book, Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad...
This anti-racism group study is nearly two years in the making. Early in 2019, when our accrediting organization, AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America), released an early version of its Equity statement, a number of our faculty were stirred into action. While we applauded AWSNA’s efforts, we were motivated to craft something that would be unique to Swallowtail, and chart our own course in the work around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Several members of the Swallowtail faculty and staff began meeting as the Equity Committee, exploring questions about the experience of families and students at our school, our relationship to our neighbors and local organizations, and our connection to the wider Waldorf community.
For the next 18 months we educated ourselves about best practices in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, surveyed the work of other schools, and talked about our path forward, identifying areas for growth and the first steps we would take. At our June 2020 in-service, we were ready to bring all of you into this journey with us, and we released a statement about our commitments...
If you’re interested in deepening your own knowledge about equity and social justice issues, and how they are playing out within Waldorf Education, here are some links to AWSNA’s website and resources they recommend:
AWSNA Statement of Inclusion and Equity
Anti-racism Resources for White People: a compilation of resources for white people and parents to deepen our work in anti-racism
Working Toward Anti-Racist Education: July “Essentials in Education” blog post by Beverly Amico
Swallowtail Equity Committee Members
Submitted: Oct 14, 2020