• PPS students discuss race on OPB’s ‘Think Out Loud’

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    Jefferson High junior Sarah Steele (right) was part of the "Think Our Loud" panel. (Courtesy OPB)

    What do high school students in Portland think about race in the classroom? Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Think Out Loud” radio show explored the topic in its March 13 broadcast and tapped Portland Public Schools students and teachers for its panel.

    The panel included Jefferson High School junior Sarah Steele and Lincoln senior Jamie Bikales, who were joined by a student from Central Catholic and one from St. Mary’s.

    Also on the panel were teachers Jayme Causey of Jefferson, Cesar Ramirez of Benson and Courtney Palmer of Grant, along with Angie Morrill, director of Indian Education in PPS.

    OPB’s introduction of the segment: “With racial bias under the national microscope like never before, we talk to students, teachers and others in education about how race and racial identity are playing out – in curricula, class discussions and everyday life. We invited an audience to join us at the De La Salle North Catholic auditorium to discuss the real life experiences students have around race at school and explore ways that teachers can facilitate positive and productive discussions about race.”

    The broadcast ended at one hour, but OPB posted an extended discussion, which can be heard on the show’s web page.