I remember a conversation between two primary school children as they designed banners. With one hand, they made drawings with markers and the other they used from time to time to express themselves. The children were talking about a situation in their school. Then, the children decided to paint creative messages on the banners regarding certain truths about their school. The essence of that moment lies in recognizing that these kids are learning to voice themselves in their community. More importantly, these kids, along with their parents, have learned to vocalize their concerns about the decisions being made by the school's administration.
In our schools we tend to be trained to anesthetize our human conscience. This is evident when social and economic powers manipulate the educational process of the newer generations.
This is the case with the Para Los Ninos Gratts Primary Center, a charter school where Doctor Purcell was fired for unknown reasons. As a side note, the reason for dismissal is essential in this communal dilemma, but this is not my point in this story. The emphasis of my experience as a contributor in this work is exposing the contraposition between:
Value and Oppression
Love and Incomprehension
These concepts confronted one another...they clashed...THEY EXPLODED! The parents entered the executive board meeting full of bravery, expressing their love for their children. During the interaction between the children's parents and the monotonous and inhumane wall that is the executive board, no agreement was made. Everything ended in an arrogant silence on the side of the board as they finally seceded by saying "there are no more comments." This contemptuous phrase hurt a big portion of the parents involved in their children's education.
In the end, we learned that not only is the tension between the administration and the community at an all-time high, but also that families intuitively seek the best for their children and that this should be respected by all social institutions. And so I ask myself, how can you trust those in power when they take drastic measures that directly affect our children without first considering the opinions of the parents?
Schools should exist to provide free and pure education where no organization or corporation has the right to manipulate it. Any change that affects the educational process of the children should not happen without the consent of the community.
I end with the cheer of the parents on that Thursday February 13:
-For the children!