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“Take Care of Yourself. Take Care of Others. Take Care of this Place.” This was the code of conduct written on the walls at my kids’ elementary school. I took a walk through the kids’ former schoolyard this week and saw the words again. It was a good message for the kids; it’s a good message for everyone. I made the decision to walk through social media and be online thoughtfully and minimally over the past few days. I needed to moderate all the bad news. As life is (thankfully), there are always good things happening even in a storm. Here are a couple of Friday Finds on energizing social change.
Imagine giving birth to a six year-old. This is the plan of fictional Lauren, an American saving her holidays and sick days so she’ll have time off when her child arrives. The US has abysmal parental leave: 86% of workers have no paid family leave, according to this PSA produced for the National Partnership for Women and Families. The PSA depicts a very pregnant Lauren lurching her way through a work day, and it was produced to support a fundraising campaign. The National Partnership for Women and Families advocates for policy change to help women and families in the US. The visual of Lauren and underlying narrative shows the very real need for polices on paid parental leave to change, immediately.
This next Friday Find isn’t from a fundraising campaign, but a chat from Educolor (“a movement, not a moment”). I don’t remember how I found Educolor on the wild ride of the Internet, but I respect their purpose “to elevate the voices of public school advocates of color on educational equity and justice.” Educators, those amazing folks working with our future adults, are vital partners in raising the next generation. I have huge respect for the work teachers do, and follow several blogs on the many facets of education.
In a chat on Embracing Social Justice in Early Childhood Education, participants talk about the importance of reflecting back to kids who they are and helping them understand injustices. Kids are absorbing information about race, gender, class and other social determinants every day. Talking about this stuff when kids are young is a positive way to address bias.
One more piece from those in education, this one focusing on individual change rather than social change. William Parker describes “building a momentum of positive culture” for students one gesture at a time. He shares several things that students have done to anonymously support each other and how to incorporate kindness in the classroom. We sure could use more kindness these days.
Best for the weekend!
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