It is my honor to name our first recipient of our Parent Champion Award. We have established this award to honor someone who has gone above and beyond in championing the rights of parents in their children’s lives.
There is a parable that says “For such a time as this…” a leader emerges, prepared for the moment by all of that person’s life experiences before.
First, I want to ask you:
- How many of you have felt alone—even scared — over the past year as you have tried to speak to your school boards?
- How many of you have felt marginalized as you have tried to speak to school principals and teachers about concerns that you have in the classroom?
- How many of you have been muted?
- How many of you have lay in your bed, your head up on the pillow but your mind racing with thoughts of how to make sure your children get a proper education?
Just like you, a year and a half ago, on June 7, 2020, I became an accidental activist.
The principal at my son’s high school — Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology — told our mostly immigrant, mostly Asian parents that we needed to check our “privileges.” And with that label, our concerns were dismissed. Continue reading