Six Word Slice of Life: Protest

(For this month’s Slice of Life Challenge with Two Writing Teachers, I am aiming to do Six Word Slices most days, with some extended slices on other days.)

Context: Today is the National Student Walk-Out Day, and although our elementary school is not officially part of the student-led protest against gun violence and in favor of more gun control, my heart is with students everywhere. My sons (13 and 17) will likely take part in walk-outs planned at their two schools. Students in the middle and high school in my district — my former students — will be involved in protest and activities. Will any of my current sixth graders want to walk out today? Or have 17 minutes of silence? Not one has mentioned doing so to me and our administration has not pushed the issue, due to the thorny debates and age of our students, and snow days and other things have disrupted our schedule. We’ll see. My thoughts will be with all students, everywhere, today, that they can make the change the adults are afraid to make.

Six Word Slice of Life Protest

Peace (bringing the possibility),

  1. So well said. I’ve been thinking about our students (and by our, I mean the students in the United States) and hoping they all know how much their teachers support them. I can’t wait to see what today brings.

  2. I agree with Michelle…well-said. Our school has had many discussions about how to handle this. But I am with you, I stand with the students and their voices.

  3. I can only hope that the powers that be are affected to make the changes that are within their purview. There was some discussion at my campus about the safety of the walk-outs, worrying about students being in even more danger by doing so. No simple answers, that is for sure; but my heart is with them, and my support behind them, nonetheless.

  4. Really beautiful! Students are in my heart too, my current students, my previous students, my future students, and those students that aren´t ¨mine¨ students who have been taken from this world, and all of those who know them.

  5. Definitely hear felt! It broke my heart to tell some very passionate students that they could not participate in the way that they wanted to (walk out). I did allow students to celebrate using the walk up method where they talked to students who are often left alone, spread random acts of kindness, and complimented their peers.

  6. This is a just right message for the world, Kevin. Love this line regarding our students, the world’s future rests in their hands=>”they can make the change the adults are afraid to make.”

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