Over a year ago now I wrote this post.
It tells the tale of a day that I drove from Caroline and Katherine’s elementary school to a school just 10 miles from here. I left our well stocked and staffed school library to go to a school in a neighboring district that had no library, art or music program. I learned on that day that we have two educational systems in our country. One for the haves and one for the have nots.
I just finished leading a weekend long exploration of this topic. We watched films, participated in discussions and listened to experts. The work leading up to this weekend was overwhelming and exhausting. The girls were tired of my meetings, my e-mails and my phone calls and frankly so was I. Going in to the weekend, I promised that I was done with this kind of volunteering after the weekend.
Then one of the speakers thanked us for being “champions of equality.” And that phrase has stayed with me. While I will be doing less volunteering so that I can spend more time with Rob and the girls and more time developing the work I love, I can’t stop completely.
What kind of a “champion of equity” would I be if I did?