Climate strikes and educational inequality

How education can inspire and lift up our young people.

The school climate strikes last Friday saw over 2000 protests in 125 countries. Instigator, 16 year old Greta Thunberg, is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. If you haven't seen her TED Talk, if you haven't been reading about the movement - there are your links, and there are more to follow.

If a young person in your life is inspired to think about climate change or take action you can be ready to support them. This is a passion that is going to save us all and we need to be there for future generations.


School news! Not the kind of stuff found in your regular school newsletters.

Wired has a pair of excellent articles about climate change and the future: The climate apocalypse is now and it's happening to you, and Kids and teens strike against adults' climate screw-ups.

“Today’s babies, by adulthood, will live on a planet without an Arctic. Prevalence of heatstroke and extreme weather will have redefined global labour and production beyond recognition.”

Young Minds are a charity working for young people's mental health. They are seizing on Ofsted's update to emphasise how important it is that schools take mental health seriously and that this should be part of the inspection. Their deeply affecting accompanying video is less than two minutes long but packs a serious punch.

CityLab is mostly America-focussed and a lot of concepts aren't necessarily relevant to other countries but this article on How richer neighbourhoods drive educational inequality is a fascinating read. It turns the narrative of inequality on its head.

"...it challenges a central assumption that poor areas, and the people who live in them, are the problems. To solve disparities, therefore, a single-minded focus on pouring resources into disadvantaged neighborhood may not just be ineffective, but also counterproductive."

Monique W. Morris's TED Talk Why Black girls are targeted for punishment at school - and how to change that addresses the biases that Black girls experience in education and how that makes schools a threatening place. She also specifically talks about what concerned adults can do to address this and take a more active role in schools.

"Responding to the lived, complex, and historical trauma that our students face requires all of us who believe in the promise of children and adolescence to build relationships, learning materials, human and financial resources, and other tools that provide children with an opportunity to heal so that they can learn."

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