Today at 10:00 am, students from schools across the country walked out. This was done for two main reasons: to protest against gun violence, and to honor the 17 children whose lives were lost on this day one month ago in Parkland, Florida. In the past week, a group of kids from Monument Valley have been meeting during their lunch period to plan an activity for today. Around 150 people gathered around the parking circle at the front of our school, while 25 kids from our school went up to join the high schools activity. Out at the front loop, we had many brave people that came up to speak. Some of these people were: Julian Beadell, Mira Webber, Aria Grossman, Rosie Dohoney, Henry Bradway, and Thomas Weston. Along with many others they took a stand for what they believe in and expressed their feelings. This Walk Out experience was filmed by Ms. Malone Smith (see youtube link below) and some pictures are posted below.
Thank you to everyone that participated,
Here are some of the kids that organized it:
Grade 5 Students share their opinion on recent events
Schools and firearms, an opinion. by Dominic, Jack, and Caden
Teachers should not have firearms because they are deadly. And kids can find out where they are and start more shootings. Another reason is kids can get injured or even killed in a school shooting. Also, schools can get in legal trouble. Kids and teachers might have a hard time going back into the school where a shooting has taken place.
Here are 4 reasons why this is a bad idea:
1. People can get injured or killed.
2. The school can have legal problems afterwards.
3. If a kid gets shot or injured their parents might get depressed and sad.
4. Children's injuries can be upsetting for others around them.
In Ms. Gillis' room students are working on projects of their own choosing. Here is a sample of work from Lily Haskins-Vaughn.
Racism:(noun) prejudice,discrimination,or antagonism, directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
Racism.There’s no way to sugar coat it. Sure, many people try to,or just ignore it altogether. But it’s there and it’s a problem. Even with little kids. Without even knowing it, they are being racist. For example when someone asks for you to pass the “skin color” crayon. There is no specific skin color! Bandaids too. There are usually only light colored band aids which is probably super a annoying if you have dark skin. Also if they get a doll as a present they may complain it’s not pretty because it has the “wrong”skin color. Racism turns groups of people into us and them. It ruins relationships and quite frankly is awful. People should be recognized for who they are not the color of their skin.
When I said a wanted to do racism as my genius hour project a lot of people told me that it’s a very broad topic. And they’re right of course, without realising though they just made me want to do it more.But like they said it’s a very broad topic so there's no way I’ll be able to cover everything. Any hoo I’ll try my best.
The first thing is the the doll test video. The doll test video is a video where 4-5 year olds are asked to point to the “pretty”doll, the “smart”, doll and other questions about two dolls, one black ,
the other white. If you would like to watch it prepare to cry and go to https://www.youtube.com/watch/v=tkbUyB2xgTM or just click on the link. (or I guess you could type in doll test video and click on the first link that pops up )If you don’t want to watch it then I’ll tell you a little bit about it. Basically one at a time the video shows a bunch of different young children,black, white, brown and two dolls, one brown, and one white. Then an adult asks the kids which is the pretty doll, the smart doll etc. and even though they are just dolls, with no brains about 85% of the time, the kids chose the white doll. For me it was heartbreaking.
Another (not so)good example of racism is the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK was founded in 1866. They believed black people shouldn’t have the same rights as white people. For example, they didn’t think black should be allowed to vote, and they made it hard for black people to do so. The thought that colored people should stay down instead of fighting for their rights. Their symbol is a burning cross and they wore white robes with holes that just let their eyes show. Oh yeah, and they hung people.
And then there was Daryl Davis. He is a blues musician but he has an interesting hobby. Davis, a black man has spent the past 30 years befriending KKK members. Since Davis started talking with these members, 200 Klansmen have given up their robes. When that happens, Davis collects the robes as a reminder of the dent he made on racism by sitting down and eating dinner with people.
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