Tuesday, 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?


Anonymous said...

First, I wish I was recognizing the day by passing as a student in your class. It sounds so wonderful.

I am not sure what I'll do. I registered on the site. I think maybe I'll call the big high school near us and ask if they are doing anything and help. If they aren't, maybe it'd be worth it to spread the word there.

When I was in highschool, I was FHA queen (big surprise) and I worked for a year on a national Stop The Violence campaign, visiting a dozen schools around the country, trying to raise awareness. It doesn't seem like things have changed much. In fact, I think they're worse.

Angi would probably really want to get involved as she had to deal with bullies all through school. It just makes me so angry. I'll try to focus on your two things - being kind and listening. If only everyone could understand that message.


gypsygrrl said...

friday is a clinical day for me - so there will be no silence, unless it is therapeutic in a patient/nurse conversation... but maybe i will just share the website info with my classmates. hmmm. i dunno.

PS ~ your last two sentences made me tear up. and i am not even pms-ing!