As an educator, I have an obligation to speak out. As individuals and as a commUnity, we are hurt and saddened and angered by the murder of George Floyd and the injustices and senseless deaths people of color that have suffered at the hands of those who are charged to serve and protect us. It is incumbent on us—whose mission celebrates diversity—to fight tirelessly for change.
Let me be clear: our strategic plan demands that every learner matters and matters equally. As educators, we have a crucial stake in educating children and each other in the value and beauty of diversity—and its power. As a school, we continue to teach how to stand firm against injustice everywhere. As a school we continue to teach about equality, equity, inclusion and social justice. As a school, we continue to embrace instruction and teaching through a broad lens. As a school, we continue to inspire the rich, honest, and thought-provoking conversations that are at the center of what we do. As a school, we are committed to the ongoing work to end injustice and create systemic change.
We encourage all our CommUnity to be part of the commitment, the work, and the conversation at our school. Participate in our democratic governance by voting at Assemblies, running for a Board seat, joining our school and Board committees, and volunteering your time. We need everyone to be involved.
To make a bigger impact, it is also imperative we share our resources with the community at large, and today, Lindsey wrote about it from a teacher’s perspective. https://www.tapinto.net/towns/morristown/sections/in-the-schools/articles/lessons-on-social-justice-are-a-staple-at-unity-charter-school
Systemic racism, oppression, and marginalization are catastrophic. Silence is not an option. We all matter, or none of us do.