New City on the Air

    As part of our schoolwide curriculum focusing on equity and social justice, New City students frequently grapple with the difficult conversations that surround current events. One recent example is the project our fifth graders’ completed last spring which dealt with the controversy surrounding the Confederate Memorial which previously stood in Forest Park. Stephanie Teachout Allen, one of our 5th grade teachers and our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, developed a class project around the questions that so many people are asking of the Confederate monuments that stand all over our country—what does it mean for this statue to stand here today? How can we redesign or recontextualize statues like this one to make them representative of the future we want for ourselves and for our city?

    With the guidance of their teachers, as well as Dr. David Cunningham, a New City School parent and Professor of Sociology at Washington University, our students worked in groups to come up with solutions—a few teams even got the chance to present their proposals to Mayor Krewson! To learn more about this project, you can listen to Stephanie and Dr. Cunningham discuss the topic as guests on St. Louis On the Air with Don Marsh. You can also read the article Stephanie recently wrote, titled “Teaching the Confederate Monument Controversy,” which was published in Educational Leadership.