Antiracist classroom means that I engage with systems of learning that are not about control and oppression and disengage from systems that cause harm and trauma for all people involved.
In my learning this means IMAGINING WHAT COULD BE instead of what is all the reasons why trying something different, better, will fail.
Imagining and creating systems that foster learning and creativity.
Imagining a space that builds community and engagement with ideas, past and present, and how those ideas will help us create tomorrow.
Imagining a space to speak to the oppressive systems and acknowledge that they are not broken but are doing the disproportional harm that they were intended to do.
Imagining a space that we can have freedom of movement without fear of surveillance or explaining why we are entering a leaving a space.
Imagining a space for young people to be young people with all the joy that comes with this time of their lives.
Imagining a space where Engaged Pedagogy in the norm and all students feel, all students know, their perspective, their skills, their words are needed for our collective learning.
Imagining a space to be responsive and intentional to the opportunities current events provide to be called in for further learning.
Imagining a space that each students lives and thrives in their knowing that they worth is not determined by what they produce but unchangeable, by anyone.
Imagining a space with curriculum that students can see themselves and their families within instead of without.
Imagining a space that each person feels welcomed and accepted to be who they are with no judgement.
Imagining a space that acknowledges the harm of white supremacy on all people and the space to use our creativity to imagine something better.
Imagining a space for listening, a space for asking questions, a space for stillness and peace to be as important as the wildness of multiple conversations and joy and excitement..
My work is imagining and creating this space, this classroom for all learners to be able to be their best selves.
Is there something this space is missing? Leave a comment below.
Mr. Dylan Wince