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Advocacy and critical history in seventh grade

As a bookend to yesterday's post about the Early Childhood siblings, here's what it looks like when seventh graders learn how to make positive change in their world.

They've already studied the European colonization of North America, and debated Columbus' role in the genocide of the Tainos. Now they are writing letters to decisionmakers at Gordon with their ideas about how Gordon observes the Columbus Day holiday, which range from keeping the status quo to having a teach-in on colonization and indigenous people instead of a day off.

It's a writing exercise, but it's also a lesson in power and influence. Who are the decisionmakers at Gordon? What response are the students hoping for? What voices should be in the conversation and what would success look like?


It's all part of an eleven-year curriculum that produces graduates who know how to advocate confidently for justice in an increasingly complex and diverse world. Learn more at Gordon's Open House, Saturday, November 3rd, 10am to 1pm. More at

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