Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
2020 has been a year marked by change, both for the world and THINK Global School as an institution. Covid-19 has disrupted schools in every country, with THINK Global School being no exception. Opportunities for our students to learn firsthand in Greece, Botswana, and Bosnia & Herzegovina have all been replaced with online projects, and remote learning will continue to occur until the world is safe for our staff and students to venture out into again.
More importantly, seismic shifts have occurred in how the world perceives racism and discrimination. This transformation in thought has been a catalyst for organizations of all types to engage in introspection and to review how they handle racism and discrimination in the classroom, workplace, and other social settings. THINK Global School is no different, and after a review of our own systems, we’ve determined we can do more.
Racism and discrimination of any kind are unacceptable, and feedback from our alumni has revealed that at times we’ve come up short in our stated goal of being a school that places the values of tolerance, empathy, and compassion for cultural diversity above all else. We can and will do better. THINK Global School must be a safe space for young minds and hearts to flourish, regardless of our location, physical or online.
We want THINK Global School to be viewed as the benchmark for anti-racism and discrimination, and to do so, we will be implementing the following changes moving forward:
- Hiring of anti-racist professionals to help review the systems we have in place
- All staff (including The Board) are to undergo compulsory anti-racism and discrimination training
- Reviews will occur at regular intervals
- The training will also be incorporated into staff performance cycles
- All TGS staff members will receive assessments of their subconscious behavior and implicit biases via accredited training of their attitudes, behaviors, and delivery in their job roles.
- Anti-racist assessment systems will be added to the staff recruitment process
- The existing complaints/grievance procedures will be overhauled, making them more accessible and transparent for students and staff
- A thorough review of the Changemaker Curriculum’s advisory and academic elements
- Anti-racism and non-discrimination education for all students
- Anti-racist assessments and implicit bias identification will be offered to all students and parents
Where we are now is only the beginning. As we continue to work with equity, inclusion, and anti-racist professionals, we will continue our growth not just in anti-racism, but also in addressing the socio-political and environmental impact we have on the world as we travel. We look forward to sharing our progress on this journey with you in the months and years to come. To receive regular updates about THINK Global School, you can subscribe to our newsletter here.