Title: #NoDAPL: Teaching the Value of Protest
Source: Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
By: Dr. Amanda Morris
December 5, 2016
Key Points: The article discussed the need to teach our students about standing up to government injustice and degradation of our environment. Morris brings up four lessons learned from the non-violent protest of Dakota Access Pipeline. The lessons are for students of all ages: persistence, presence, planning and provocation. Morris shows how teachers are in a position to educate students on how to stand up against issues they believe are wrong.
Intended Audience: Teachers and educators.
Relevance: Our nation is in a very divisive time. This can bring along radical idealizations and actions. As teachers, we should be showing our students the proper way to protest issues which they believe are unjust. This is through non-violent protest and education. We need to show our students how to access information and educate themselves on problems so they can see the totality of the circumstances. Once the student has all the information, then they can make a decision on how they feel and move forward with the lessons learned above to conduct non-violent protests to affect change.