Start with Ilana’s tweet about how we underestimate young people.
Adultism as a pretty strong drug. How we as teachers both perpetuate this narrative and contest it. How selective we are in applying our praise or disdain of young people’s independence – when it suits us. We likely have the same tendencies as parents if we have kids of our own.
Flashback to sitcoms I watched growing up: those kids on TV always seemed so damned precocious. But maybe I was also precocious in my own way and annoying in my own right.
So we watched these Parkland teens take the world by storm with their movement. Joining forces with young people from all over – from urban centers, rural communities.
They pulled this together in just over a month after experiencing unspeakable trauma. They are lucky to be alive and they are on it. Millions have responded to their call to speak out, speak up and not take no for an answer when it comes to gun control.
Look too at how they have responded to groups who have been neglected in their fights to end gun violence. So, so good to hear black and brown children take the mic and explain what’s going in their home towns, how they experience violence and how they survive.
Dynamics of this power sharing, recognition of privilege and calling out of racism – Parkland teens acknowledged their privilege and vowed not to be those white kids who pretend like the black, brown and native kids are not talking about the same stuff.
Also what their actions tell us about education. Tweet – showing us what education can be: “peer driven, cooperative, activist, collaborative, determined, mission-focused, loud.”
Sometimes we need to get out of their way.
Sometimes we need to help them make a way.
Sometimes they need us to hold them up, love them hard.
They need us and they need to do things their way and we need to keep learning how that works over and over and over again.