A human-centered education system requires change beyond the classroom.

Creating a Better Future

Although we explicit focus on creating human-centered education systems, there is a need to advocate for just and fair treatment of all people beyond the classroom. Flourishing classrooms cannot exist without a greater flourishing society. Therefore, we are firm supporters of various policies creating a more democratic state, including unionization, gun control, free access to higher education, actions reversing climate change, and more.

Bodily Autonomy

In the wake of the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, it is important for us all to recognize the impact of this decision on educators and young people, as well as their families. The vast majority of Americans believe in access to an abortion. In the coming months, it is imperative for us to band together and demand action. This is especially imperative in schools, where most educators are people who can become pregnant. There is an exacerbated impact on young people who will find difficulty navigating this terrible experience, if they are able to find access at all.

People cannot be free and equal without the fundamental right to bodily autonomy and privacy, and states are rapidly revoking these rights. A human-centered system requires fair, democratic, and humane policies that care for people and ensure they have access to care. It respects science and the body of evidence showcasing the negative impact of restricting access to an abortion.

Just like other national policy shifts in recent years, these problems will not go away on their own - they will get worse. Without demanding action, including voting, organizing, and resisting, more and more restrictions will impact women’s right to choose, as well as extend to decisions that further impact bodily autonomy and LGBTQIA+ American rights.

It’s important for us to not let cynicism and apathy win the fight. It’s a daunting task to change systems, and it’s easy for individuals to lose hope. Yet, the formidable truth is that these problems will get worse and continue if we give up the battle.