As educators, we are facing troubled times. We have a president who is threatening to deport over 800,000 undocumented children of immigrants, tearing them away from their families who have grown roots in this country. A president who has given implicit and explicit sanction to words and actions against people of color, immigrants, women, and the LGBTQ community.
Now, more than ever, public education needs to reclaim its roots-its first and foremost mission-which is to educate each and every student to be contributing citizens in our increasingly diverse, global world. We as educators need to deliberately work to change current systems, such as standardized testing, tracking, culturally insensitive curriculum, and excessive discipline practices, that place a damper on this fundamental purpose of education. In their stead, we need to introduce our students to and practice concepts of equity and social justice, and show them what it means to take a stand for your beliefs and provide them with opportunities to make a difference in the world.