After the awful tragedy at Parkland High School and all of the news, walkouts, and protests, I have found myself unsettled with the conclusions that many people are drawing. Don't get me wrong, I love when young people recognize they have agency and are willing to look outside of themselves and enter the challenging world in which they live as they find their voices.
In fact, as a lifelong youth worker, it is my joy when students begin to find their voice and begin to make their faith and their convictions their own. It has been encouraging to see students try on activism, to wrestle with the deeper issues, and to be congratulated by so many people, especially people in power.
However . . .
The consensus seems to be that this is a moment for the children to lead. But, as a youth worker, I am not convinced that this is the right conclusion to what we have seen unfold over the last six weeks or so.
I think (or am thinking out loud) this isn't time for adults to be quiet, for adults to shut up, or for adults to secede the conversation. The call back to other "youth" lead movements just don't wash.Read More