“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Holy, i’ve been neglecting this site. It’s been over a year since I posted anything. Sorry about that.
I just posted a new essay – Philadelphia, PA 2014 – 45 photos from our recent whirlwind trip to the USA.
I would love to hear what you think.
How do we know we have a great education system if we never allow or encourage those directly involved to share their experiences?
To conclude one of the courses I was teaching this past spring, I asked my students to make a 60 second video that expressed their feelings about their time in school. Working alongside them, I decided to use the above question to drive my “Exit Portrait” project, where I asked 18 students and 1 teacher to pose for a portrait in a way that reflected their high school experience. Although there are only a small number of portraits, they are quite revealing. You can see the portraits here.