Watch: This 3rd Grade Teacher’s Inspiring Message to Her Students Regarding Post-Election Violence

(Photo: Jasmyn Wright via Facebook)

Watch: This 3rd Grade Teacher’s Inspiring Message to Her Students Regarding Post-Election Violence

Push through.

Published November 14, 2016

After the shocking results of the presidential election, community unrest and racist attacks have been on the rise. 

Although the political situation created a nation divided, Jasmyn Wright, a third-grade reading teacher in Philadelphia, continued to deliver a message of hope to her students. 

The 27-year-old graduate of Spelman College used a powerful exercise to encourage her students to “push through” no matter what challenges they face in life. 

  1. As a result of the post-election unrest, Wright took the time to teach her kids that they can 'push through' any adversity they face in life.
  2. When Wright asked them what they will do if it's too hard or too tough, the bright voices of her children rang out, 'I'm gonna push through.'

    “I know that with my class specifically, sometimes they struggle with believing in themselves or sometimes they struggle with grappling through an assignment or they struggle with interactions with their peers,” Wright told The Root. 

  3. When Wright told her students that they should never feel like they are too Black or Brown to persevere, fans on Facebook praised her efforts.
  4. 'I want them to be their own source of encouragement when it seems there is no one else around who believes in them,' Wright said.
  5. Wright, who also performs as a spoken-word artist, understands the importance of positively molding a child's mind.

    “My students know who they are, they know what’s expected of them, [and] expectations for them are high. Once you present a person with a sense of identity or with a sense of responsibility … they are going to act to par,” she said to the Root. “I don’t do much management in my classroom because my students are already filled with these gifts of affirmation, these gifts of expectation which allow for minimal management in the classroom for us because they want to succeed; they want to maximize their potential. I teach all of them every day that they are born with a gift, that [they] are not a mistake, that [they] were born for a reason."

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Jasmyn Wright via Facebook)


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