The inspiration that I got from attending the Teacher for America 25th anniversary summit is still going strong. Yesterday morning, I channeled that inspiration and started working on a new education technology idea to help children everywhere to understand the historical context of the world around them—the world that they’re inheriting and stewarding for the generations whom we may never meet.
The idea, which I’m calling Project Rubeus as a code name, was inspired by two panels I attended: “Then and Now: The New Civil Rights Agenda and Education Reform” and “Building a Movement: Learning Lessons from Successful Social Change Movements”. They were multi-generational panels and I was struck by the framing of them as powerful and potent histories of the social movements that continue to fight for justice and equity to this day.
Children need new lenses through which to view history. They need to know who came before them, what those people did, where they lived and worked and marched and raised their voices, what they were fighting for, and why it matters.
There is now so much history that children need to sift, process, contextualize, and utilize, all while being cognizant of the world they live in today. It’s overwhelming for most adults to manage. Imagine how overwhelming it is for a child. Project Rubeus is working to solve this problem for children. I’m excited to work through this idea and see what happens.