On this snowy snow day in Montclair, NJ, we share the voices of students in a video and a drawing. Both illustrate so eloquently that a picture (moving or still) is often worth a thousand words. And that, it is far past time that our students in this country need to be heard. We implore all education leaders to listen to the brave, talented, and strong students who are fighting for their educational lives and lives themselves. Who are struggling to be heard and sitting in and walking out and painting and drawing and filming and dancing; expressing how the current educational system is hurting their lives and that their pleas, protests, statements, actions — their mission must be put front and center in this struggle to reclaim public education. It is imperative that our leaders acknowledge and listen to the students who speak truth and for whom we must continue.
From proud art student, Noah Farjani, who attends Montclair’s Glenfield middle school for its amazing art program:
And this video, less than a minute long, made by middle school students in Albuquerque, and speaking volumes of truth, It is credited to Washington Filmkids ABQ:
When will our leaders and government and BOE members listen to the voices of our community here? When will they listen to our students in Montclair or Newark or Albuquerque?
Our students. Our schools.
We are grateful for all the students who stand up and speak their truth.
Who create art.
Who inspire and give hope.
Stay warm and safe,