To bring "equality" and "justice" to a system usually means having to disrupt that system to begin with.
If you weren't already committed to tackling the world's injustices before Pokémon Go came out, it probably wasn't the game's popularity that was stopping you.
There is a brilliant light that glows in him and all of our students. Many of us lose the ability to see it, but it doesn't change the fact that it shines in spite of us.
Please don't live in a place of cynicism and melancholy for too long. Take the time to heal, and know that places exist that love and accept and know how special you are. And if you feel like they don't, you are filled with an infinite capacity to love enough to create those spaces.
"Today, I know not to let any event, circumstance, or person get in the way of my learning, because I--and I alone-- have power over that."
They felt a sense of solidarity, alliance, support, were reminded of their power, and their acts of resistance.
What stories, topics, and discussions should we be having to enter our years to come with minds focused on serving students and communities better?
The beauty of our jobs, however, is that we are not only gifted with multiple opportunities every day to affect students, but that students give us the space and strength to return to ourselves as well.
It's easy, at the end of the year, to lose sight of the "why"-- why are we in this work? What are we striving for? What does it mean to be an educator when we understand the vast and sometimes turbulent seas we want to help our students navigate?
We are all going to make mistakes when we have difficult conversations. We cannot deny our student the skills and space to have safe conversations about race simply because we're scared.