I am writing in response to a letter to the editor in the Jan. 22 edition. Mr. Troche asked Loudoun County Public Schools to take down a video shown to students at Harper Park Middle School. He wrote, “I was severely shocked when I watched the entire video and it is highly inappropriate on many levels. The material is propaganda and could easily be recommended viewing from the fashionable ‘woke’ playbook.”
I, too, have a student at Harper Park and immediately searched out this video. An employee helped me locate it. The piece is a little over four minutes, and is not inappropriate. The short segment explains the root of systemic racism in the United States. What is inappropriate about teaching our children this important history?
Mr. Troche also states it is a public school system. Yes, it is, and that is why students should be shown these videos. Public schools are federally and state-funded, administered to some extent by the government and charged with educating all citizens.
I applaud Loudoun County Public Schools for showing these and educating our students on the roots of racism. It is long overdue.