Posted in Alternative Education, Authentic Education, Child-led learning, Creativity, Multiple Intelligence
Tags: children, connections, control, creativity, imagination, motivation, respect, soulful education
Dedicated to all the disenfranchised, oppressed, institutionally omitted children of the world.
I am a dream held back
I am a silent regret
I am a misty in your eyes
I am a part that was never realized
I am a mere inconvenience
I am a painful reality
I am an incessant reminder
I am a confession not being made.
I am cut and not pasted.
I am a document deleted.
I am an error quickly erased.
I am a project incomplete.
I am a fault.
I am a burden.
I am a mistake.
I am unforgiven.
I am a life extinguished.
I am a passion never ignited.
I am a need unheeded.
I am a light that went out.
I am a face unwashed.
I am the dishes in the sink.
I am laundry on the floor.
I am the dirt under the nails.
I am the homeless on the street.
I am the child uneducated.
I am what poverty held back
I am the vote not worth getting.
(c) Omaira Alam 2015
Many adults think very little of children and their abilities and motives —
possibly because they think very little of themselves and their own abilities and motives.
They transfer their negative beliefs on children.
If adults thought of themselves as strong, capable learners who enjoy challenges and want to contribute,
presumably they would see children the same way.
Malcolm was a highly disciplined individual. He was disciplined intellectually, he was disciplined morally and he was disciplined spiritually. He was a man of prayer.
He was asked one month before he was killed, in an interview with Jack Barnes and Barry Sheppard on January 18, 1965, “What do you think is responsible for race prejudice in the US?” Malcolm responded, “Ignorance, greed and a skillfully designed program of mis-education that goes right along with the American system of exploitation and oppression… So, it takes education to eliminate it. Just because you have colleges and universities, doesn’t mean you have education. The colleges and universities in the American educational system are skillfully used to mis-educate.”
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