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Educators Join Students in Push to Make Schools Equitable Spaces
On March 24, students and families of March for Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington D.C. as part of a national rally and movement to address mass school shootings.
Julia White, an assistant professor at Syracuse University’s School of Education, is traveling to D.C. this week to support students affected by mass school shootings, and because she says it’s important for teachers to be involved in political and social movements.
“I am participating in the March for Our Lives because I want to support not only the Parkland students and students affected by mass school shootings, but also children and young people affected by gun violence in their communities across the country. It’s important for teachers, including university faculty, to be involved in the campaigns for common sense gun legislation, mass incarceration reform, and the Black Lives Matter movement, all of which are rooted in dismantling a system rooted in white supremacy.
“The impact on education is that too many students are traumatized as a result of gun violence; yet our system refuses to acknowledge that the National Rifle Association is a lobbying group for the gun industry, invest in schools, appoint knowledgeable leaders, or undertake efforts to stop the school-to-prison pipeline or curtail the overrepresentation of minority students in special education, who are themselves overrepresented in the school-to-prison pipeline.
“I’ll continue to call and write my legislators, work to make schools more equitable spaces, and I’ll march with young people in D.C. this Saturday.”
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