NPR – Helping Students Make Sense

The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is likely to raise questions for kids at home and playing in parks, but also in classrooms where students and teachers are heading back for the first day of school.

The 18-year-old’s death Saturday — and the circumstances surrounding it — have laid bare the intersections of race and class and social justice, not just in the 70 percent black suburb, but in the national response to it.

“What happened to Mike Brown — what is happening in Ferguson right now — will enter into our classrooms when the students come back one way or another,” says Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.

But how do parents and educators talk about what happened there, and if you do, how do they do it well?

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