Systemic Racism, Voting, and Education
You correctly discuss the global impact of voting, however you do not discuss shaping responsible voters. The votes of citizens in powerful nations have implications for people all over the world. In the USA the power of 36% of the population ushered in an administration which has had devastating consequences for migrants, refugees, and some of the poorest and most disadvantaged globally. Systemic racism continues to devastate the USA and played an enormous role in the 2016 election, as well as continued support for harmful policies. Systemic racism renders much of the population unable and unwilling to help people in other countries, especially due to the increased fervor for nationalism. Education is the greatest tool at our disposal to combat systemic racism, develop empathetic and social-emotionally healthy citizens, and to create equity in society. The education system in wealthy nations is inundated with people eager to make a difference. However, most educators are not culturally responsive enough, are not effective at combating systemic racism, and often perpetuate this racism in the first place. In order to harness the political power of nations such as the USA, students must develop into adults who are concerned for the world and are not guided by racism. You must consider the power involved in shaping the top 10% of earners in the world. In one article, you recommended that teachers focus on the most talented to change the world. However, it is the average American who decides elections. The education system severely needs teachers who are committed to promoting equity and researchers who are developing effective methods for teaching students empathy and working against systemic racism. As a teacher, I can testify that we do not have the resources, methods, or teaching manpower we need to do this. Give me a coalition of like-minded teachers and the resources necessary for research, and we would raise up voters who would positively impact the world, workers who donate their income effectively, and altruists who understand and care about people all over the world. We would change the world for the better. Please write about this in your section for teachers.