There are a gazillion hashtags out there, right? Earlier this month, I wrote a blog entry that was just published entitled, Hashtag Heroism: Rise Against the Wind. Here’s the lead from the blog entry:
Are you ready to save the world, one hashtag at a time? Why not engage in hashtag heroism? This is an attempt to save the world with hashtags that show unity and respect. It is life-affirming to engage in hashtag heroism, and I invite you to share your positive story.
Be unafraid to show how you, or perhaps others who have have helped you, have risen against the wind…the winds of adversity, oppression, and personal obstacles. Of course, how is this relevant in the classroom? Empowering children to speak up and to find their voices can be one of the most important actions adults model for younger learners.
It’s probably obvious what motivated me to write about this topic. Today, our children are naturally caught up in hashtag heroism, often without knowing how to engage properly or well. It’s not enough to just jump in, but to do so with an awareness of potential consequences…and a willingness to make things better. This is especially true as we move toward visual storytelling efforts that rely on social media tools like Instagram, Twitter, and other other outlets.
Social justice is really the capacity to organize with others to accomplish ends that benefit the whole community. If people are to live free of state control, they must possess this new virtue of cooperation and association. This is one of the great skills of Americans and, ultimately, the best defense against statism. (Source)
That’s why I love the example I cite towards the end of the blog entry. It involves the work of teachers who are taking advantage of hashtag heroism to educate students, helping them seize the power of hashtags for their own positive work.