In yesterday's Extended Learning Opportunity, our secondary school students were led by our Unlearning Racism @ CA (URCA) members. The URCA members are students in grades 9 - 12 who are interested in examining, discussing, and taking action in regards to further developing a culture of respect as an international school in Japan, as well as creating and maintaining safe spaces to normalize discussion around inequality.
Our students explored the idea of privilege, a special unearned advantage which a particular group or person has based upon a perceived social status. Students were led through a variety of exercises, think-alouds, and games that helped them understand that privilege isn't always necessarily bad, but we need to be aware of our privileges so that we don't abuse the power or take advantage of them. When unaware of our privileges, we might not care for or advocate for others.
It's never easy leading a group of young adults through challenging questions-- but our URCA members communicated difficult concepts through engaging and age appropriate activities. Our Extended Learning Opportunity was time well spent.