I am privileged to be on vacation only a week after the Parkland shootings, and in Florida no less. I am privileged to only have to think about the warm sun on my face and the relaxing days ahead of me. I am privileged to be able to say that nothing tragic like a shooting has happened in my immediate community or family while a community only a few hours away is trying to rebuild and heal after gun violence.
For change to happen, I believe that those with privileges must communicate not just with words, but with actions as well.
I’ve always tried to stay away from politics, but the more active I become in the field of education, the more political it seems I need to be. Along with many other educators, I have posted for the #ArmMeWith movement, but I don’t believe that a picture in this case will be worth a thousand words. Actions need to be taken as well. While I can not speak for any other educator, I can tell you what I am going to do in response to this movement and the immense privilege that I have been afforded.
I encourage you to develop your own list of actionable steps that you will take in addition to adding an #ArmMeWith jpeg to your feed.