Thoughts Sparked By Freedom Writers

It’s not a conveyor belt! Education isn’t always found in classrooms and textbooks. It is found in each other. It is not about getting kids to the end of a conveyor belt process after 14 years, but it is about helping them – whatever that takes, however that looks – to find out who they are and what they want to do with their lives.

[ Sparked from watching Freedom Writers ]

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1 Response to “Thoughts Sparked By Freedom Writers”


  1. 1 Jill February 13, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Watching this film and recent chats with you has made me think a lot about my ideals and reminded me of the diary of a girl named Anne Frank…

    15th July, 1944: Anyone who claims that the older ones have a more difficult time here certainly doesn’t realise to what extent our problems weigh down on us, problems for which we are probably much too young, but which thrust themselves upon us continually. … That’s the difficulty in these times: ideals, dreams, and cherished hopes rise within us, only to meet the horrible truth and be shattered. It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals because they seem too absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet, I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. … I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the suffering of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquillity will return again. In the meantime I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.

    (written just short of three weeks before the family was taken by the Nazis).

    Great website is: http://www.hmd.org.uk/ . There is a short, challenging film (about 8 minutes). Check it out… x


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