Jenny Horne (R-SC) Crosses the Courage Line to #takeitdown

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”

(-Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)


This video is worth watching (starting at 7 seconds), or at least reading the transcript

Like Neville, who called out Hermione, Ron and Harry in the midst of an emotional moment, Jenny Horne shifted the tone of the SC House debate regarding the Confederate flag and the #takeitdown movement.

I found myself in awe of both the vulnerability and leadership of Horne at a critical moment.  She stepped across lines of color, political party, and her own historical privilege (she is a descendant of Jefferson Davis) to talk about the prevailing community voice rather than her own.

Teachers often walk that line:

  • advocating for the voices of their student and community stakeholders
  • being willing to choose a clear position, rather than teetering at the tipping point
  • listening to the voice of others and then pushing the conversation forward.

What is a moment when you felt so strongly about an educational issue that you were willing to advocate passionately and found your voice?

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  • SusanGraham

    Being the change …


    IGood question! For me it was the day I realized I had, with the best of intentions, really, really failed a student. For the first week of the six weeks session in my elective class, I would kneel down close beside him, ask him firmly to look at me, and tell him he needed to pay attention. It didn’t help. It was during week two that I discovered no one told me that he had only peripheral vision. I kept telling him to look at me–he was doing the best he could and the closer I got, the harder it got.

    First I was shamed, then I was furious, and then I decided I would have to figure out a better way to share student information.

    It “wasn’t my job” , but it was my professional responsibility. Taking responsibility was the first stepmom are being the change I wanted to see. 




  • MarciaPowell

    The Power of Saying We are Wrong


    Having the courage to admit you failed, that you are not perfect, is an authentic act of courage. But it is also a triumph of your action and renewed effort.Just as Jenny Horne did, you had a realization, and you took action to correct the problem.  

    There are breaks in every system, on each side of the line.  Student self-advocacy might not be taught, a 504 plan may not have been updated or a student may just have transfered in.  Whatever it was, sometimes we as individuals have to hope those we fail have a moment of grace and understand.  

    Just imagine what schools could be like if an administrator could admit such a thing to a group of parents who students are in ELL, or a parent could admit to a teacher or coach that they had gone into full helicopter mode, or a student could apologize to another for making a mistake by letting a group down.  These actions, perhaps, set the context for what may become a tipping point for a school.

    Whaddya think?