NENC/America Amplified Special: Lessons Lost: The Struggle To Talk About Race In Some New England Classrooms

What we don’t learn in school can matter as much as the lessons we do learn. This week on NEXT, we talk to teachers and students about the harm of omitting stories and cultures from curricula — and how we can do better. It’s the final show in a special series on “Racism in New England,” produced by the New England News Collaborative and America Amplified


Derek Johnson, an elementary literacy coach who recently left Springfield School District in Vermont.

Adaeze Okorie and Grace Landry, co-founders of New Hampshire for Anti-Racist Education. The group’s mission is to understand and undo the effects of systemic racism in the state’s education system. Okorie and Landry attended public school in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Mugabo Thierry Uwilingiyimana, sixth-grade math and science teacher in the Winooski School District in Vermont.

Fiona Hopper, social studies teacher leader and coordinator of Wabanaki studies in Maine’s Portland Public Schools. She is beginning work on an Africana studies curriculum in the district.

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Hosts: Peter Biello of New Hampshire Public Radio and Traci Griffith
Coordinating Producer: Morgan Springer
Producers: Jane Vaughan of New Hampshire Public Radio, Lydia Brown of Vermont Public Radio and Daniela Luna.
Executive Producer: John Dankosky of America Amplified
Executive Editor: Vanessa de la Torre
Music: “TracPhone,” “The Samo,” “Stay Down,” and “One Call Away” by Latrell James.

Additional support: Connecticut Public, New England Public Media, Vermont Public Radio, Maine Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and CAI Cape and Islands. America Amplified and the New England News Collaborative are funded, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.