I Have A Dream Speeches!
Today at the school the kids wrote their own Martin Luther King, Jr, “I have a dream” speeches. The first written speech that I saw was by a ten year old girl named K. I felt touched by her writing, so I asked her if I may snap a photo. Both K and the class instructor were all for it.
The other speech was written by E. I only took three photos. That was enough. What is it like for a fourth grader to grow up with these thoughts? Does this affect learning? Does it affect his growth? How can we help?
Here is the third one by D. D loves to learn. What she really loves is someone to teach her. Even more accurately she looks for the safe connection with a caring adult.
That one day people will be nice… It sounds simple, but if people could be nice. Thank you D. You are right.
There is a lot going on with these kids. That is, there is less stability. So, learning is affected. There is not an regular evening meal with mom, dad and family. The meals come from different places if they come. As E said, there is gun shooting at night. This creates fear inside, which is going to take away from learning.
People learn better in conditions of safety. Growth is affected otherwise. You don’t learn as well when you are afraid. Your body state is different and your energy is compressed. As K said, a roof over her family’s head. My sister pointed out, “did you notice how the girl, K, didn’t ask for anything for herself?”