The Hill We Climb: Inspiring Unity and Encouraging Action in the Classroom
Earlier this year, Amanda Gorman made history as the youngest poet to perform at a Presidential inauguration, captivating the world with her powerful and moving recitation of "The Hill We Climb." Her words were not only inspiring, but also a call to action, inspiring people of all ages to take action and make a difference in the world. Despite its message of hope and unity, however, "The Hill We Climb" has faced criticism and censorship in some parts of the country.
Recently, a grade school in Miami-Dade County made headlines for telling its teachers to avoid sharing "The Hill We Climb" with their students. The decision came after a parent complained that the poem was "too political" and "better suited" for older students. This decision is not only divisive but also goes against the very essence of education, which is to expose students to diverse perspectives and experiences.
"The Hill We Climb" is a poem that speaks to every aspect of the human experience. It touches on hope, unity, racial justice, and the power of collective action. It is a message that all students need to hear, regardless of their age. As teachers, it is our duty to create classrooms that foster diversity, promote critical thinking and encourage students