We wanted to make sure ourchildren weren't getting left behind in connection to the largersociety," said Joyce Mallory, a former school board member.
But no matter how painful, it's critical that race be talked aboutrather than ignored, said Mallory
, the former school board memberwho is now the director of Start Smart
, an organization that focuseson promoting awareness around early childhood issues.
"If adults don't talk about race in Milwaukee, how can we createa community where everyone is valued?"asked Mallory
"To think that doing well on a test is all the skills young peopleare going to need is foolhardy," she
said."If you look at oneof the primary skills employers want people to have, it's theability to get along with people from different backgrounds anddifferent orientations." Mallory
said that the school board she
served on did not wantmulticultural and anti-racist education to come at the expenseof the rest of the curriculum.But rather it was to be woven into bolster the rigor of what was being taught.
"I didn't see it as fluff then, and I don't see it as fluff now,"said Mallory