psaPosted: April 22, 2008
Friday, April 25th is the National Day of Silence.
Now, I trust LesbianDad will do some amazing post on this (if she doesn’t you can just go back through her archives and read pretty much anything), so I’ll keep it short.
I’ll make note of the day in my class. Treating everyone with kindness and compassion and respect is at the base of the whole Montessori philosophy and, even in my class of 2 year olds, we’ll take a moment to be silent and then talk briefly about being kind to everyone, about listening and about just how important those 2 things are. My kids are two – I’m not going to ask them to be silent all day, nor am I interested in introducing them to some of the horrible things people can do to each other, and maybe creating silence in our classroom for a few moments will mean something only to me. But I cannot let the pain of other folks pass me by with out taking note: you gay kids who’ve suffered bullying and fights and even death, I see you. I see you.
What are you going to do?