Message and Resources for Franklin Families

A message from Mr. Harlow - January 2021

Reflection on the events that happened January 6, 2021 in our Nation’s Capital

Dear Franklin Families,

Last week and through the weekend, continuing today, I have been  deeply troubled by the events at our Nation’s Capitol on January 6th. Here are a few resources for talking with your child:

I have been planning, meeting and projecting a means for our Franklin students, staff and families to return to school. However, after last week’s events, with the images of hate, racism and violence, I am struck with sadness with what to do or say to our Franklin students, especially our students and families of color. As I struggle with the images, I am also struggling with my own denial that this ugliness continues as a part of our country. I am distraught with this reality, that our children have to see a nation that continues to be divided by hate, racism and a binary vision of what justice looks like.

My continued realization is that we must confront our own denial of this reality. We have to confront the ugliness in order to make progress on addressing race, social justice and equity in our nation. By teaching, supporting and reinforcing these themes we can erode the space for hate, division, racism and injustice.

Many of our families have the capacity to support their child through these complex feelings and conversations. My commitment to you is to support our students, staff and families with a safe culture at Franklin School that addresses learning anti-racism, social justice, and citizenship. Striving to create a space in our school for these conversations.  

Respectfully,

Mr. Harlow

Principal, Franklin School

During this racially charged time in our history, here are some resources that you may want to utilize when talking to your children about the current events happening around the country.

Message to Franklin Students from Mr. Harlow - May 2020

Over the past several days I have felt outraged, profound sadness, and some despair starting with the death of Mr. George Floyd and continuing with events unfolding across our nation. Again we are torn by the ugly reality of racism. As a white man, I also need to feel the weighty responsibility for change, as it rests with me. That change must come from my actions. It is not enough to just proclaim that I do not like racism or to turn my head from things that are painful to see. In my deeds must lie the duty of being anti-racist, continuing to explore my own bias, of continuing to give voice to those who have systemically been oppressed.

Craig Harlow
Principal, Franklin School