MoveOn elected Barak Obama to be our President in 2008. Twitter elected Donald Trump in 2016 … and by now it’s probably a foregone conclusion that social media will be a major influence in every election from here on in. The “secret” Facebook group called Pantsuit Nation only had about 3 million members when Hillary Clinton lost in November 2016 … but then again, Libby Chamberlain just created that group after the last debate of the campaign.
I ran across a blog post by Holly Love the other day called “For Those Who Are Not OK.” Holly is a teacher in Atlanta, Georgia and was simply telling the story about her experience in her inner-city school the day after the election. It was so powerful that I couldn’t help but reply; I wanted to give her any support I could.
That’s when it hit me that not only will Facebook continue to influence our lives and our decision making, blogging may very well be a major factor in the outcome of the next election. More to the point, this new technology gives teacher-bloggers a powerful new tool to do what they have always done best: INFLUENCE the FUTURE.
That thought hit me after reading a comment on Holly Love’s blog. It was posted by a teacher who works in the same school, but when I read it from 3000 miles away I felt like I wanted to run down the hall and give both of them a hug.
Here’s the comment – you can scroll back to the post:
I’m writing this now because I couldn’t let go of the question: “How do I drag my ‘white self’ into my Title 1 classroom this morning?”
The only answer to them is “You have to.”
That makes me feel both relieved and sad. I no longer have a classroom to walk into today. All I have is my computer and the Internet.
That’s ALL I have?
What an understatement! I might not be dragging “my white self” into a classroom today … but I can do a lot more than simply wear a Safety Pin! I can let two young teachers in Atlanta know that I’m with them today. I can also suggest that other teachers share their stories so that when the students in their classrooms today are running the country in the year 2040 we will all have learned to live together a little bit more peacefully.