Systemic oppression is endemic in public education. It’s time we faced our fears and called it out.

Governor George Wallace of Alabama is blocking the schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama to prevent integration. 1963
Governor George Wallace of Alabama is blocking the schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama to prevent integration. 1963
Attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama, Governor of Alabama George Wallace stands in the schoolhouse door in confrontation with US Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach.

It is one of the most fascinating phenomena in the world when the sleeping giant awakens, not just because it portends a display of awe-inspiring power, but also because of the things it stirs up when it rises from its prone position on the grass. Over the past week or so, I have sat back and watched as, once again, a mighty wave of righteous fury has been stirred inside of the hearts of our society’s most forgotten and oppressed. I have seen…


As I sit here and contemplate all the things that have happened over the last few weeks in the world, I find my mind naturally wandering through time; it’s in my nature. I am a person who all at once understands that time is an illusion whilst simultaneously spending a great deal of my time floating around in it, reminiscing about (and sometimes regretting) the past, admonishing myself for the present, and giving too much power to a future that I can’t control. If you are like me then these words are especially for you, but you must have ears…

Jaredfritzinger

Jared Fritzinger is an educator from Virginia Beach, VA who explores uncommon educational pathways at his website Education in the Wild. www.edinthewild.com

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