I really appreciate this video. The images and your voice combined bring the meaning home. What a powerful message, one I’ve listened to a number of times over the past two days. I’m struggling with the fear of being identified as an iconoclast because I’ve witnessed how harmful the school system is to young children. If feels like a prophetic revelation, this intense identification with the children’s plight: the labeling, the pressure (the antithesis of “come unto me, all who are weary and heavy-laden…”), the failures, the coercion, the 13-year internment. I’ve written much about the legalized injustices, and yet I’m afraid to publish what I know; at best I’ll be stigmatized as a ‘radical’. I’ve taught in the system enough to have seen the damage done to children’s fragile egos. Dylan, if you have any advice for me, please help. I pray to get over my fear.
As an ex-teacher Debra, I know that the education game can be likened to ‘the Emperor’s New Clothes’ fairy story. All froth and no substance. Unfortunately sometimes it’s only the kids who’ve the courage to question the game and the disruptive ones at that. Peer pressure and middle class values of ‘getting on’ are a heavy yolk for some kids to bear.
Many schools are now exam factories and not real institutions of education. Many teachers play the promotion game to try and escape from the classroom, leaving the new recruits to take their place in the trenches.
Thankfully my body gave me the message that it was time to leave – I should have listened to my inner voice earlier. It is difficult to change systems from within- they usually chew you up and spit you out.
Debra I’m sure that Divine Love has a place for you to really influence kids ~ strangely enough it may not be in the institutional school system.