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Q&A: How To Talk To Kids About George Floyd

The co-editor of the book Teaching For Black Lives talks about the curriculum for this moment.
A young boy raises his fist for a photo by a family friend during a demonstration in Atlanta. Source: Elijah Nouvelage

Like most public school educators, Jesse Hagopian has spent the spring struggling to teach his students online. Some are homeless, while others are working front-line jobs to support their families.

And now many of his students, like others around the country, are on the front lines in another sense: protesting the deaths of George Floyd and other black people at the hands of police.

"I don't think their schooling is stopped at all. I think, if anything, it's on hyperdrive," says Hagopian. He is an author, an activist, a father of two sons and a black teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle, a city where more than 80 percent of the teachers are white. And he is the co-editor, with Dyan Watson and Wayne Au, of the 2018 book

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