Advocacy about more than anecdotes

By Eryn Kaiser
It is a testament to our town and our collective values that, when asked, most residents believe that our public schools are “great” or even “awesome.” Yet, most of the same residents cannot say why our schools are great or awesome beyond their own or their children’s personal experience with the school system. This is not unprecedented. As humans and as citizens, we are quick to arrive at conclusions based on our own anecdotal experiences. One only has to look at Facebook or Twitter to see people using individual experiences or anecdotes to justify their positions. In our current climate of divisive politics and subsequent activism, this is how we defend our positions because this is what motivates us to act. Advocacy starts on a personal level and expands to a greater audience when an individual finds others who are interested in the same cause.
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