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How should we talk about race in classrooms?

For several days now, students from Denver and Aurora have left their schools to march in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and New York. The rallies are in response to separate grand jury decisions to not indict two white police officers in the deaths of two black men. In the photo above, students from Denver’s West High School walked up 11th Avenue toward the Capitol Friday.

As the protests have spilled into the streets of Denver, some classrooms and schools are grappling with how to talk about race and the U.S. justice system.

“This is the biggest thing that’s happened in my four years here,” said Azen Jaffe, a Denver East High School senior.

That leads us to our question of the week: How should we talk about race relationships in classrooms?

We’d particularly love to hear from students: how have discussions about race (or the lack of discussions about race) figured into your educational experiences?

Each Monday, we ask readers a question about a timely or timeless question about their experiences in education. Readers who want to share their opinions should leave a response in the comment section below, tweet us @ChalkbeatCO, send an email, or leave a comment on our Facebook wall. Every Friday we round up the responses. Here’s last week’s.

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