Yes, we are all about our slacktivism. We “like” things on Facebook, “retweet” them on Twitter, and find other ways to spend three seconds at a time in dedicated support to a cause before we move on to something else. Some of this helps to get the message out to others, and so this is not an entirely useless activity. However, it is all too easy to think that these momentary (and cost-free) “supports” of a cause really do very little to actually support the cause.
Okay, enough guilt for the day. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. You can “like” this or some other post or meme, “share” it or whatever else you wish to do. But you can also spend just a few minutes more – and a little of your own money (how much is entirely up to you) – by going to Donorschoose.org and contributing to a classroom project. The site will give you choices of project types, locations of schools; even specific schools and teachers and projects to support, what the projects are for and how much they need. You can spend a few bucks or hundreds of dollars (or more), as you choose; finish funding a project needing only a little more help, or be one of many getting a project closer to having full funding, whatever you want.
Today, for a contribution that my wife and I sent to some Detroit schools (a 1st-grade math class and a 4th-grade history class), we got these thank-you cards and letters (you can also donate anonymously if you feel weird about recipients knowing who you are):
Our nation is strengthened by education, our workers are more competitive when educated, our national earnings and revenues are higher, deficits and debts are lower when our people are educated. You don’t have to bankrupt yourself to help out, or commit many hours out of your busy schedule. But just a few moments on this site and whatever contribution you can afford will go a long way toward moving specific kids toward their learning goals, toward better lives, and toward a better nation for us all. Help out, won’t you? Thanks!
Headline image taken from a Twitter post. Photo of cards and letters © Sparkpolitical, 2016.