I’ll admit it. I’ve been having one of those “the world isn’t changing fast enough” moods as I watch Jefferson cluster go through their enrollment balancing (read Vernon family reactions and Woodlawn family reactions), continue to talk to teachers and parents about squeezed resources, and feel so stretched with my own responsibilities to my family and to my students that I hardly have time to advocate like I used to.
So, I’m working to rekindle my dream and am planning to use MLK Day 2013 to do just that. While I continue to work on the big picture through civic engagement at Portland State University, supporting service learning faculty at Portland Community College, in my classrooms, and on the curriculum level (hmmm…maybe I’m not such a slacker after all?), I have also been talking with my husband about integrating more community work into our family life beyond the things that he and I do on our own.
There are lots of opportunities for family-based civic engagement:
These, of course, are formal volunteer opportunities. There are other ways to engage in civic acts with your family. Volunteering at your child’s school, joining the neighborhood association, reading and talking about race and identity with your kids, encouraging critical thinking…weaving these into our daily experience even more purposefully is my goal for 2013.
What kinds of family civic engagement do you do? What are your community goals for 2013?