Tuesday, October 23

City schools experiencing racist attacks

The city's schools are not immune to the wave of hate that has swept the country recently. When the football team from Harlem's Wadleigh Secondary School visited Staten Island Tech earlier this month, Wadleigh players found what appeared to be racist slurs written on their bench. Then last week, someone drew 22 swastikas on doors and walls at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers in downtown Manhattan. And today, the papers are reporting that a noose was sent to the black principal of Canarsie High School in Brooklyn; Chancellor Klein has just sent out a statement condemning the attack. These kind of unsettling events are a reminder that schools ought to be teaching more than just the content and skills that appear on standardized tests.

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