First published in The Courier - Newsletter of First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
The act of creating and working at EC Stanton Community School has become my expression of social justice work. I have worked in public schools and through the foster care system in a country where there is no federal Children’s Bill of Rights. While children can no longer be placed in factories to physically suffer manual labor, we have created work for them in mandatory schooling systems. As an educator, my goal was always to provide students ‘incentive’ for continuing this type of work. But my time in the public sector made me realize most of the adults there did not believe they are providing a service to kids, but instead kids should arbitrarily respect and follow along with what adults deem worthy and in ways specific adults think appropriate. It never sat well with me that we adults have given ourselves so much authority over other individual humans in this way. Their biological immaturity should not diminish their value to our society as expressive, creative, thoughtful, and important individuals. Though there are inevitably arguments that can be made about how private schools have no place in social justice work, that we should be working within the institutions that already exist to create positive change for all kids, I think that one of the things we can all agree on is that democratic schools and Unitarian Universalism share many of the same goals and missions and our partnership can be beneficial.
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Fort Worth, TX 76112
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1959 Sandy Ln. Fort Worth, TX 76112