"Right Writers for Social Justice"
Monday, October 15, 2018 12:00 AM


Northeast Middle School continues to build a sense of community and to be intentional in the ways in which we include student voice in our daily practices with the second of our "Right Writers for Social Justice" writing assignments for the 2018-2019 school year, which asks: Why do we allow people that do wrong to continue to do so without no one saying anything?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “In the end, we will remember not the hate of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” When we remain silent, when we see wrong doing, we allow bad behavior to become the norm, and it is impacting our schools, our communities, and our world.

As a school community, I see this issue perpetuate itself within our building with inappropriate language, vandalizing bathroom stalls, verbal and physical harassment directed towards peers and to staff and even “butting” in the lunch line. This behavior is not okay, yet we allow it to happen every day to our peers and teachers and no one says anything.

How do we promote a collective voice to speak out for these injustices that hurt our community? Why don’t we speak up for our friends or for those that get harassed in our community? What do you think, and how do these issues impact our school community?

I am interested in your views and opinions regarding these questions, and I look forward to reading your thoughts. This writing will be due Friday, November 2, 2018.

Vernon Rowe | vernon.rowe@mpls.k12.mn.us
Northeast Middle School | Minneapolis Public Schools