Students as Teachers

Posted: March 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

Thousands of students poured out of classrooms in the US on Wednesday in an unprecedented expression of mourning and a demand for action to stem the country’s epidemic of gun violence.

“There were lots of emotions, many people were crying. We were thinking of the 17 we lost,” said Florence Yared, a third-year student at Stoneman Douglas, who joined 3,000 of her schoolmates on the school’s football pitch, where exactly one month ago many were running for their lives.

  1. Elizabeth Izampuye says:

    It is nice to see young students protest against an issue they feel needs to be directly addressed. I was glad to see some schools in Utah participated in this walkout, especially my former high school, Rowland Hall. I went to an event at the Union building, called Artivism yesterday evening, which was about the powerful impact of art as a form of protest. It was a group of diverse students who came together to discuss social justice issues and how paintings, photography, and poetry allowed people to express these concerns through ways everyone could understand. I greatly enjoyed hearing this one black, Muslim girl who is a high schooler, read a poem about gun control. It was such a powerful poem and truly showed how capable our generation of students is, of creating and maintaining social change. I have heard people say the protests, especially by young students, do not do anything so what’s the point? This idea annoys me because these people clearly do not understand the importance of coming together to fight for change. It is always the smallest group and the little people who end up inspiring others. Just like the title of this post, “Student as Teachers,” says.

    • I’m glad you found this post interesting, and that you were able to attend the campus event. Sorry my response hasn’t come sooner. I’m currently buried in multiple projects. It’s disturbing to consider that some persons believe protest don’t accomplish anything. This is essentially to say that there is no merit to free speech. I don’t want to believe that’s true, as free speech is perhaps the most essential element of democracy. Yet, sadly, more and more persons seem to believe and act as if that were the case. If there is no free speech, what is left to us? Either victimization or complicity. Those can’t be the only options. Free speech certainly does not immediately resolve all our concerns. But it least it allows for a deliberation process, which means it’s harder to take rash actions or scapegoat individual persons or groups when our actions don’t work out as intended. While I don’t know of any easy solutions to our current crisis, I sincerely believe that resolving to exercise our constitutional right to free speech in an important step in the right direction. I’m so glad the student you mention was allowed to raise her voice, and in the manner she intended to do so. Good for you for being there to serve as her witness!

    • Grace Lebrecht says:

      I agree that the idea that our protests are doing nothing is annoying. People tend to not take this as seriously because it is a revolution led by kids and that seems so backwards to them. The real issue is, why has it come down to kids leading the adults and the government when it is theoretically supposed to be the other way around?

      • We believe we concur. While it shouldn’t be necessary for kids to do this sort of thing – as they should be having an actual childhood, something which is rapidly disappearing in our culture – it’s nevertheless clearly possible for them to do this, and do it well. And it seems apparent that their coordinated actions have become absolutely necessary. For adults in this country, for decades now, have accomplished almost nothing with regard to this issue. While it might be tempting to argue that these kids should instead by working on their education, it occurs to me that the education these kids are currently obtaining, through their own determined efforts, may be the best education anyone in American in currently getting.

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