June 3, 2020
Dear SKTCS families,
The most recent events regarding the unarmed murder of Breonna Taylor by police in Louisville (KY), the unarmed murder of Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of vigilantes in Brunswick (GA), and the unarmed murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis (MN), during the month of May have brought to light a need for uncomfortable, but necessary, conversations regarding justice and a universal right to life for every human being.
At SKTCS we will continue to value peaceful means to evoking change in our immediate and extended community. We realize that words without action are fruitless. We are committed to preparing our students to think critically, question the status quo, and to stand up for the rights of every human being to feel safe, valued, and respected in society.
To that end, we are proud to announce the Susie King Taylor Community Middle Grades Academy for Social Justice (6-8). At SKTCS-MGA we define social justice as,
“Advocating for the rights of every human being to have equal access to economic, educational, physical, and emotional resources that ensure their right to health, wealth, and freedom regardless of their gender, race, political affiliation, or socioeconomic status.”
At SKTCS-MGA our Georgia state standards-based lessons will address the four strands of social justice:
Access (greater equality of access to goods and services)
Equity (overcoming unfairness caused by unequal access to economic resources and power)
Rights (equal effective legal, industrial and political rights)
Participation (expanded opportunities for real participation in the decisions which govern their lives).
Lessons will begin by choosing a real-life standards-based problem. The students will then participate in hands-on project-based learning to create a solution to the problem. Each report period will conclude in a service-learning project to help students advocate for change in their communities for a total of four large service-projects per year.
We hope that this contribution to our Savannah community sparks a generation of critical-thinkers who will advocate for the protection of the rights of the Earth and all of its citizens - especially those that are being persecuted. Together we are one small light that can spark a fire.
Take care of yourselves and each other,