Those seeking to silence the voices of students and communities want us to lose hope. They want us to give up. We can't let that happen.
Even though someone is from some part of the world with whatever going on there, you shouldn't look at them differently.
Our friends, parents, and the people around us can help us understand that we are fine just the way we are. They will always love you, and that's good enough.
We can't treat someone differently for being in love. We shouldn't make fun of anyone for being attracted to anyone.
Why do I need students to reach for someone else's bar? Why can't I help them see and unlock all the magic they already contain?
Teach so all students know they have a right to belong in this world and be accepted as individuals with equally powerful stories and futures.
What obstacles do you think students of color or in low-income communities face when getting their voices heard?
We are so quick to look at these students and see them as "not enough" or "defiant," that we run the risk of also failing to see them as human.
Do we not want students to question? Don't we want them to stand up for themselves or seek the "why" to larger issues? Why, then, are we so afraid when they turn that critical eye onto us as their teachers?
Teachers and parents who call out the not-quite-truths we tell children understand that this matters not only because we should be honest with students, but because the stories we tell about each other matter. They affect the way students understand themselves, their families, their communities, and their potential.