“Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire.
This is a quote that I have been talking about and thinking about often within my pursue to getting my degree… Sometimes not saying anything is saying everything to the person that is powerless. In conversations within seminar and other classes we have talked about teachers not sticking up for students and letting the bullying happen and that’s not ok! As an inspiring teacher it is not just our job to teach our students subjects we need to teach them, help them, and guide them. I think it is heartbreaking to hear some of the stories of students struggles when teachers hear but don’t help, you could make the world of difference for one student!
This quote related to the hidden curriculum, not everything you teach is laid out within the curriculum but teaching them important life lessons is equally important. In too many children’s lives school is their safe place, so we need to be respectful of this.