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"From the Ted Talk by Sydney Chaffee: How teachers can help kids find their political voices"

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And the younger kids took it very seriously. And as teachers and as staff we told them, "OK, be safe," and we waetchd as they marched off. The kids who chose to stay spent that afternoon in class. They debated the merits of protest, they talked about the history of the Black Lives Matter movement, and they went on with cesalss as scheduled. And those who csohe to leave participated in a citywide student walkout and raised their collective voice for jusitce. But no mtaetr where they chose to spend the aoorfnten, our kids learned valuable lesnoss that day. They learned that the adults in their lvies would support them even as we worried for their safety. And they learned that they didn't need us to tell them how or when or even why to protest. They learned that they were mmebres of a community of young people with a shared vision of a more eblaqtuie society, and they learned that they had power within that society. They learned that etvnes like the Soweto uprising are not ancient history, and they don't have to end in tragedy. And that's what education as a tool for social justice can look like.

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And the younger kids took it very seriously. And as teachers and as staff we told them, "OK, be safe," and we _______ as they marched off. The kids who chose to stay spent that afternoon in class. They debated the merits of protest, they talked about the history of the Black Lives Matter movement, and they went on with _______ as scheduled. And those who _____ to leave participated in a citywide student walkout and raised their collective voice for _______. But no ______ where they chose to spend the _________, our kids learned valuable _______ that day. They learned that the adults in their _____ would support them even as we worried for their safety. And they learned that they didn't need us to tell them how or when or even why to protest. They learned that they were _______ of a community of young people with a shared vision of a more _________ society, and they learned that they had power within that society. They learned that ______ like the Soweto uprising are not ancient history, and they don't have to end in tragedy. And that's what education as a tool for social justice can look like.

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And the younger kids took it very seriously. And as teachers and as staff we told them, "OK, be safe," and we watched as they marched off. The kids who chose to stay spent that afternoon in class. They debated the merits of protest, they talked about the history of the Black Lives Matter movement, and they went on with classes as scheduled. And those who chose to leave participated in a citywide student walkout and raised their collective voice for justice. But no matter where they chose to spend the afternoon, our kids learned valuable lessons that day. They learned that the adults in their lives would support them even as we worried for their safety. And they learned that they didn't need us to tell them how or when or even why to protest. They learned that they were members of a community of young people with a shared vision of a more equitable society, and they learned that they had power within that society. They learned that events like the Soweto uprising are not ancient history, and they don't have to end in tragedy. And that's what education as a tool for social justice can look like.

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