What an exciting day we had! Today we exercised our right to a peaceful protest. Inspired by the March on Washington, which we watched online via the Smithsonian Institute, Sophia asked if we could have our own protest. We discussed what made the March on Washington so special (the singing, the peaceful nature, the amount of participants) and used that as our template. After brainstorming what we would want more or less of at school, we made our signs. The students decided that it wouldn't make sense to ask for things like "a bigger bed" or "more t.v. time," since the school isn't in charge of those freedoms. The excitement in the room as we made our signs reminded us that many rooms must have been feeling that way in preparation for the March on Washington!
Marching around the school, our chant was, "What do we want? Freedom! What do we have? Rights!" Students, staff, and administrators were intrigued and excited as they watched us march by. After it was all said and done, we couldn't believe how tired we were. How did the civil rights demonstrators march for so long when we can hardly make it around the building?
Our stories, videos, and activities this week led us to contemplate Joachim Prinz's statement, "The most tragic problem is silence." Do you agree?
Little people, big minds.