A Call for Hope, Positivity, & Action
by Mary Buckelew
Today, some are elated and some are despondent. I do not assume that the readership voted for the same candidates or party; however, as teachers we do have common goals.
One goal is to create a classroom environment where all students feel safe so that learning can take place. In turn, we wish a safe world for all people everywhere. We know this: Thinking, reading, writing, listening, discussion, and resulting actions can change the world. Together, we can make change. We do and can create and sustain safe spaces. With Hope, Positivity, and Action we can make a difference.
Purdue University Associate Professor Roxane Gay asks:
Where do we go from here? That is the question many of us will be trying to answer for the next while. For now, we need to breathe, stand tall and adjust to this new reality as best we can. We need — through writing, through protest, through voting in 2018 and 2020 — to be the checks and balances our government lacks so that we can protect the most defenseless among us, so that we can preserve the more perfect union America has long held as the ideal. We have to fight hard, though I do not yet know what that fight looks like.
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