"And what other profession needs hope the way teaching does? Hope is the reason so many of us stay in the profession.

What’s more, hope can’t – and shouldn’t be – a neutral act. It’s a flashlight we point in the direction we’d like to take ourselves and those around us collectively.

Teaching is a political act. Ultimately, our teaching sets precedent for how future generations view the spaces they inhabit.

Critical thinking alone won’t save us. Give hope the keys."

Jose Vilson on the nature of hope, and the role of educators