Educators engaging in emotion-talk with students can encounter obvious barriers when not taking the individual's cultural background into account.
There are some meaningful and important ways we can recenter power in our students' critical thinking.
The Covington Catholic High School students should reflect on what they did, but who were the adults there who failed them?
Seemingly little actions add up to the daily sparks that can begin igniting our students to take action and make change.
The intersectionality of students can eventually become a force for change for the individuals and the collective, once it is recognized and once actions to counterbalance injustice are created.
Will we duck away from the changes coming, or move forward, powered by those changes, toward something greater than ourselves?
Students won't be empowered and emboldened by a falsely happy face insisting everything is fine. We can give them the courage to advocate, dream, and demand what they deserve.
Many outside PD opportunities still separate the "haves" from the "have-nots" and uphold systemic oppression.
If we want to work towards true inclusivity, we must show that perpetuating oppressive beliefs, intentional or not, has a consequence on something or someone other than those oppressed.
We need to have difficult conversations, and we need to make sure we consider whose voices we center on as we have them.