Today, I am wearing red to show my support for teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, WA. Read here for more details on the MAP standardized test boycott. While I can’t drive up to Seattle with my two little ones in tow and I won’t be able to make it to the Portland Student Union’s meeting on opting out from Portland’s own standardized tests, (it’s right at baby bed time), I do want to spread the information about what’s happening at Garfield and to show my solidarity.
I am a teacher. I am a parent. I am the daughter of a teacher. I am the wife of a teacher. I trust teachers to make decisions that are good for students. I want my children to have teachers who advocate for their best learning opportunities.
I happen to be in a bit of an ebb when it comes to being physically present at a lot of community meetings and rallies. My children are 3 and almost 2. I teach full time +. I work as a service learning coordinator at Rock Creek. I volunteer to be part of committees that talk about how to get students more socially engaged. I am at my limit.
Luckily, in this age of social media, I can still show up. I sign petitions; I share information; I talk to my kids about social activism; I wear red in solidarity. And in a few years, once the littles sleep through the night , I will be back out there doing what it takes to make my voice even more present.
This is a small life lesson. There are many ways of “showing up.” Even if we have barriers or are busy, we can still find ways to show up. There’s no one right way to be an advocate or to seek social change. The only bad decision you can make is to do nothing at all.