WHAT IS DRAWING THE LINE?
#DrawingtheLine was designed to encourage a shift in collective consciousness about how educators, learners, and communities think about American public education. It is a way for us to begin talking openly about where it has and can cause harm while advocating that our voices be centralized in the plans to move it forward.
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THE LINE BEGINS WHEN WE REJECT THE STATUS QUO
The institution of public education in America was designed to be inherently authoritarian, oppressive, and constraining. It has developed to prevent children and educators from authentically engaging in learning experiences, instead prioritizing monetary gains.
It continues to expect more from its educators and learners while simultaneously providing less and less resources, support, funding, and opportunities for agency and representation. Its biased and corporate-driven structure perpetuates the inequities, discrimination, and injustices that degrade our society and inhibit our progress.
As a result, school working and learning environments are unhealthy and even dangerous. It creates a devastating impact on the well-being of us all.
It is not acceptable, and we have the right and ability to redefine it.
Let's begin DRAWING THE LINE
HOW DO WE GET IT STARTED?
The line begins where educators and learners start defining, recognizing, and asserting their boundaries. These may be professional, academic or personal.
What do the educators and learners experience in America's current public education system that denies them an equitable, liberating, and abundant experience? What current practices have never been acceptable? At what point do they say enough is enough?
All learning, sharing, and co-creating experiences must ensure our dignity, and it starts with us.
DISCOVER the places where our public education system causes harm to educators, learners, and communities.
RECOGNIZE when boundaries are being violated by experiences that we have always accepted as normal.
DESCRIBE the harm that is experienced or observed
CHALLENGE the individual(s) or practice(s) that are causing the harm
REFUSE to allow the harm to occur
THE LINE CONTINUES WHEN WE REDESIGN OUR FUTURE
The policies and plans that drive American public education are largely made by individuals and entities with little to no experience working with children in schools. Administrators, lawyers, and politicians demonstrate the most power when it comes to making decisions for learning in our country, putting educators, learners, and community members on the sidelines.
Right now, there are millions of passionate and experienced educators who are brimming with ideas that have yet to see the light of day. There are millions of brilliant children who inherently know what they need to thrive that are just waiting for the opportunity to be truly seen and heard. There are millions of caregivers and community members who believe in the possibility of equitable, liberating, and abundant public education. It is up to us to start leading the way.
It is possible, and we have everything we need to engage our imaginations forward.
Let's continue DRAWING THE LINE
HOW FAR CAN IT GO?
The line will go as far as educators and learners allow themselves to imagine. As the most important stakeholders in how American public education is designed, their professional and personal experiences offer the most valuable insights.
How do educators and learners imagine growing, sharing, and co-creating? What do the policies, plans, and foundations need to look and feel like to ensure success, equity, and liberation for them all in our schools? At what point is it critical that they take the lead?
All learning, sharing, and co-creating experiences must be elevating and liberating, and it begins with us.
ALLOW ourselves to imagine and dream freely about what an equitable, liberating, and abundant education could look and feel like
ENCOURAGE others to do the same
SHARE your ideas with your peers, family, community, and elected officials
GET INVOLVED in local/national organizations or efforts to bring these dreams to life through advocacy and policy
REPEAT this process to continually push education to be what is needed in the moment and in the future
WHERE DID DRAWING THE LINE COME FROM?
Drawing the Line is a grassroots effort that emerged from the work of the TeachUp community. TeachUp is a virtual community for educators seeking resources for self-empowerment and effective advocacy with members from around the United States, Canada, and more.
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This website was built to support any organization or efforts for education advocacy
through providing a vehicle for collective action and mobilization.