There is no learning in feeling like you have to be silent.
What do we know about the cities we live in and how their histories – good and bad, paint a critical picture from where we’ve come, the influence that has on us, and the clues those stories provide in guiding our path forward?
We have to be okay with where we are now in our opinions and what we know about the world because this is where life has taken us so far.
I dream of our kids being able to be openly inquisitive in exploring these sensitive topics most of all, which includes teaching children strong communication skills. Ensuring our youth have the tools required to have these critical conversations without anyone feeling shamed, gamed, or that their opinions are wrong because our Other doesn’t agree with them.
Irshad, if we want students, parents, and leaders within society to understand the complexity of any issue, we have to be able to have honest and safe conversations without fear or judgement; plain and simple.
Be humble in addressing these sensitive topics, while keeping in mind the next generation of youth watching how we engage in this critical discourse.
I am eager to introduce you to Irshad and to share what she has taught me about engaging in conversations that often divide, in an effort to find a common path forward.
Originally published on The Point – https://www.thepointhamilton.com/2020/11/27/as-if-it-was-the-last/ We never know when something will be our last and a couple Sundays past, I watched on with this in mind. Nothing is forever. We never know when our favourite player might retire, the band we have followed since a young child might call it a day, when […]
“I’ve chaired expulsion and SAL (Supervised Alternative Learning) hearings, and have seen long rap sheets of suspensions, expulsions, missed school days, and poor grades over a lengthy period of time before their case was brought before a Trustee. What if we had a system in place that focused more on physical and mental well-being, and less on grades or discipline or inclusion at all costs? Let’s keep kids in school at their best, AND during their hardest of struggles, and give them the tools to engage in alternatives on their own accord rather than waiting for the hierarchical processes of failed inclusion to throw them an olive branch. That’s when we show them that we truly care and that they matter so much more than rankings on some institutional list, or proving the success of our political ideologies. That’s when we say to them it isn’t about the delivery, but that they want to engage in learning.” Larry Pattison, former HWDSB Trustee and Protector at INSE.
A dear friend whom we lost this year, was one who delegated at city hall, was a huge booster for the project in general, and he could be found commenting on almost every conversation on line discussing the pro’s, providing the real facts, in an effort to tirelessly do his part to help our city see this project through. If he wouldn’t have been taken from us so suddenly, he’d be back at it again this past week in fiery but professional rebuke of opposition. This is just one example of the time that cannot have been for not because this passion for our city I am quite sure was a factor in his early demise. He cared too much and could not rest until he knew the projects near and dear to him, were safely on their passage through the home stretch.