Hey, teacher: did you know that the week of February 5-10, 2018 has been designated Black Lives Matter At School? Did you know that Black Lives Matter at School is a thing?
According to Teaching for Change, an organization dedicated to social justice, the first full week of February promotes three demands:
- End Zero Tolerance, and Implement Restorative Justice.
- Hire More Black Teachers in our Schools.
- Black History/Ethnic Studies Mandated K-12.
Schools in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Maryland, and across the nation are embracing Black Lives Matter in Schools during February, designated Black History Month.
The Rochester City Schools located in upstate New York, and about an hour’s drive from my home, is dedicating Friday, February 16, 2018, as a day of understanding and affirmation. The Rochester City School District explains, “This day is meant as the beginning of ongoing dialog, education, and action.”
The Montpelier High School, in Vermont, recently raised the Black Lives Matter flag at their school.