Before I head to bed, I offer this challenge: be an expert on something very small. What do I mean by this? If you’re just dipping a toe into the world of educational equity OR even if you’ve been invested in local schools for years, it can feel overwhelming to get more deeply involved. Is multitasking and spreading yourself thin in the realm of education activism the solution? No.
The truth is that you don’t need to be an expert on every education issue or every decision of the local school board in order to be an activist, a volunteer, or a supporter. Start by choosing one very small and specific piece of the bigger picture to keep updated on and be a strong advocate within that smaller piece of the puzzle. You may want to focus on advocating for early childhood education or, even more specifically, more access to affordable preschool programs. You may want to focus on working in a program to support high school students applying for college. You may want to learn how to advocate on the legislative level. Or you may want to track the DREAM Act and be part of call-in advocacy for students who may be deported.
Just take one little step. And if one little step feels too little, read up on the ways that focusing on one task or issue at a time (or at all) is really more efficient than multitasking!
- The Thief of Time: Multitasking is Inefficient
- Does Multi-Tasking Lead to a More Efficient Brain?
- Multitasking Multi-Stressful for Working Moms
These articles merely emphasize my little point here. Don’t feel that you can’t do anything just because you don’t know everything. Start small and share the love for kids and schools one tiny bit at a time.