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Let’s Rewrite History

I feel so tired. And I know that seems like the most overused statement or at least thought known to students of my age, but I don’t mean it in such a literal sense. I feel tired of being cast away in the material that I read, in the material I am taught.

I don’t think my story is unique. Education systems in my community in the United States are amazing, especially considering the resources and time and energy that is invested in them. But every system has its flaws. Everything is a work in progress.

Here, in this space, I want to address the exclusion of thought that is embedded in the curriculum I see in my school and that I have heard of the schools around me. I think that these issues are quite universal as schools are a reflection of the society they are built by, and no society is without flaws.

THE PROBLEM:

THE SONG:

Lyrics:

You see. It seems,

I have a problem with the world.

But not any world. Not just the world.

But the one you want me in.

Sorry, I can’t be any smaller I’m kinda busy.

Don’t you see me?

Lovin’ or hatin’ I kept breathing.

I’m kinda busy, I’m kinda busy.

Sorry; armed with my mind, with my hammers, my girls behind me.

Lovin’ or hatin’ we kept breathing.

Breaking apart your glass ceiling.

Seemed like a rose, easy to touch.

Oh, thought I was yours.

Call it naive luck.

But my thorns, they’re just too sharp.

Wish you would fight for us instead of counting loves.

Sorry; I can’t be any smaller I’m kinda busy.

Don’t you see me?

Lovin’ or hatin’ I kept breathing.

I’m kinda busy, I’m kinda busy.

Sorry, armed with my mind, with my hammers, my girls behind me.

Lovin’ or hatin’ we kept breathing.

Breaking apart your glass ceiling.

THE PLAN:

But schools serve a special role. Schools are the foundation for the expansion or limitation of voices, dialogue, advocacy, innovation, and creativity. Schools are the place where the next generation learns to lead and thus, schools must be a place where everyone learns with equal respect and relevance given to their words. That same relevance is the foundation for equity in the workplace, diversity in political and social representation, real change that helps to better the lives of millions who feel like their voices aren’t heard.

This is my hope: that you go forward thinking about how your community can include a greater range of thought. The intersectionality of our identifiers is what makes us distinct. These are the aspects of our background that change the way we approach the world. Your school curriculums should reflect that. History may be written by few but many have to learn it. Building a space for others ensures a diversity of thought, guaranteed to help us learn to engage and communicate in the world. My hope is to grow and work in communities that encourage their members rather than try to exclude entire ideas.

In the grand scheme of things, you may not remember much from this presentation. But all I ask you to remember is that everyone makes mistakes. What matters is how we react after. There’s always a choice: do you bury your head in the sand or do you confront the issue and try to be better.

I know what mine is. What’s yours?

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COMMENTS: 4
  1. April 27, 2018 by brendan.gill

    As a friend of mine once told me, nothing ever changed in this country without a fight. Not everyone can be a fighter for the side they believe in, but there are so many different ways to push back. You have clearly chosen your battleground, and I wish you luck in your campaign.

    My issue is toxic masculinity, and the next step I’ve taken is to celebrate femininity in folks who identify as boys and men. Not just wearing dresses or make-up, but being courageously emotional, seeking the help of others, leaning on the healing power of sharing our pain with people we trust, giving gifts, sharing their cooking, helping clean up, etc.

  2. April 29, 2018 by Aidan.Pak

    Great project! I really like your how you organized your site, and are also being such a great advocate for change within your own school. Nice work!

  3. April 29, 2018 by Sondra Nachbar

    Wonderful project. Your presentation is thoughtful, well-organized and creative. I wish you well in advocating change in your school. Best of luck!

  4. May 01, 2018 by Jason.Haas

    The title may be a bit misleading, as to me it sounded like “let’s change our knowledge of the past” as opposed to “let’s change historical problems in the future/present”. Otherwise it’s a good project and a great song.

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