Your mind wants to believe It was a misunderstanding… But truth suffers no allowances.The poem has done what all good literature does in the English classroom. It has emboldened students to talk about those they know who have been treated unfairly by unjust authorities. It has made us all more vulnerable. It has allowed us to hold each other a little closer. It has enabled us to know a little more about truth. If you can’t dedicate this week to Black Lives Matter at School, maybe you can find time next week or next month. Spending one week of the year seems slight. Be the change in your community by having these conversations every day. The truth demands it.
Topher Kandik is the 2016 District of Columbia State Teacher of the Year and a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY). He is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches high school English and creative writing at the SEED School of Washington, D.C., the nation's first public, charter, college-preparatory boarding school.
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