Crisis in the Classroom — A News 5 Special Report

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Posted at 8:00 PM, Dec 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-23 18:35:58-05

CLEVELAND — It’s been a tumultuous two years for all of us, and in many respects our children have suffered inordinately. The transition to learning online, then back to the classroom, then, in some cases, back and forth again, has taken its toll on students.

That’s on top of everything else going on in the world: the fight for racial justice, the debate over critical race theory, school threats and real violence, school board meetings gone awry, and of course, the long-term effects of the continuing pandemic.

On Thursday, our reporters and anchors present in-depth coverage on all of these issues, and how they are affecting our children and their future.

In Beachwood, students from many backgrounds are leading the charge for inclusion, value, respect
If you take a walk through the halls of Beachwood High School, it’s clear that students in this school district come from all walks of life.

So with that in mind, students approached administrators with an idea on how to tackle race relations through an initiative called “Many Cultures, One Bison,” referring to the school’s mascot.

Read more, here.

Decoding the critical race theory debate
Just a year ago, many Americans had probably never heard of the phrase critical race theory, but now it's everywhere–exploding into the public consciousness and causing debates in communities nationwide, including in Ohio. But why?

Some parents think it's sending students the wrong message about our nation’s history and future.

Read more, here.

National atmosphere hasn't deterred parents, educators from running for local school boards
For the last 18 months, school boards across the country have been under siege as members tried to navigate through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Instances of violence and threats to board members were so alarming and pervasive, a request for help was sent to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Despite that, scores of people ran for seats on school boards this year.

Read more, here.

Akron Buchtel students offer solutions to gun violence problem in the community
In Shannon Turick's 10th grade language arts class at Buchtel High School, many of the students carry tragic memories and share deeply emotional stories.

Several of them have been personally touched by the spike in gun violence in Akron in recent years

Turick delved into the deeply sensitive issue with an assignment that challenged the students to design a campaign for peace in Akron using whatever platform they felt was appropriate.

Read more, here.

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