Each year on Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day, thanks to a friend who introduced me to the practice, I read through Letter from a Birmingham Jail. It reminds me to not be complacent, to speak up, to advocate. The moment is now.
I get discouraged in the work that I do. The influences that my students are battling against are overwhelming and all-consuming and it is easy to give into defeat – to think that there is nothing that we can do to make a difference. There are days when I do not want to give my best because I’m not sure that my best makes a difference.
Reading this letter reminds me that it is my responsibility to give my best each day. I owe it to my students to give them nothing but the best; they cannot wait to be ready. I cannot wait for them to be ready. I have to hope that one of them absorbs what I’m giving them.