TAPA Students and Families -
On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the President of the United States of America. There will be many things to celebrate on that day, not the least of which being:
- A glass-ceiling-breaking Vice President
- Kamala Harris, daughter of immigrants, is the first woman and the first woman of color, to be elected as Vice President
Record-high voter turnout due to grassroots efforts, with significant credit going to Stacey Abrams’ work in Georgia.
- More Americans voted in the 2020 election — two-thirds of the voting eligible population — than in any other in 120 years.
TAPA centers civics and civic responsibility as the core of our Historical Perspectives Curriculum. As your school, it is our responsibility to provide you with context and room for discussion around major events affecting the United States. Therefore, it would be particularly dishonest if we focused only on the positives of this Inauguration Day. During a time of unprecedented challenges to our democracy, TAPA remains undistracted from advocating for justice, safety, and opportunities for all, most importantly our students and families.
We will be centering the events of January 20, 2021, in our TAPA classrooms and following a “Tuesday/Thursday” schedule on Inauguration Day. Within Advisory groups, students and staff will watch the Inauguration events, and have supported discussion of their feelings and responses. Academic classes that run on Tuesday/Thursday will focus their coursework around the historic events of the day.
It is my hope that we can celebrate January 20th as a day that is relatively uneventful, in the pattern of the American inaugurations that preceded it. But, whether it is or not, I am grateful for the mutual support of the TAPA community to use our civics and historical knowledge to navigate the unrest and uncertainty of the present day.