I am passionate about social issues and doing something to help our world. I'm more passionate about giving my students the opportunity to find their passion and their voice to make positive changes in the world. I'm not always sure that I'm doing much, but I got such amazing confirmation today from a former student.
My FB post:
Unfriended someone I went to high school with today-- I could not keep someone who continually posted racist and insensitive comments. She does not believe America has any race problems, just thug problems. She does not believe there are issues with the way women are treated, nor is there any problem with guns in America today. She doesn't see it, therefore it does not exist. Sadly, many people do not acknowledge a problem until they face it in a very up-close and personal way.
So, in order to keep my stress levels down and to remove toxicity from my life (and honestly, hers), unfriending was the way to give us both peace.
Fighting for causes is my passion, and I try to show that everyone has a voice and a place to make the world better. The first step is to recognize and understand the issue. The second is to find a way to fix it. I hope everyone can realize their unique and beautiful role on this planet.
I plan to be the change I want to see - every day.
Me: Thank you, sweet T___!!!! My heart swells when I see my students on FB because you are forever a part of my life. You have a voice, and it is unique and beautiful!!!
Student: Ahh I love you, Ms. Haranda! Stay awesome.
Me: I love you too!!
Yes, when my 8th graders leave middle school, I tell them I'd love to have them friend me on FB. It's an open invitation. I wish them happy birthday. I encourage them. I support them as they move on in life.
I can't be a hypocrite as a teacher. I can't build superficial relationships that don't exist outside of school. I can't not be passionate about social issues if I ask my students to fight for a cause.
I can't stop being me.