I was taking the the time to reflect upon my previous thoughts entitled – Reflection: Thanksgiving and Cross-Cultural Understandings. As I reflected upon these thoughts and even my rationale for sending out, Happy Thanksgiving wishes on the day of American Thanksgiving, I also understood that there can be opposition and counter-rationales. The point I want to convey here is that: we can be a learned person and understand positions from all angles. And decide for ourselves who we choose to celebrate or not. But even if we ourselves are knowledgeable about the histories, it doesn’t meant that we should cease to learn more, and it doesn’t mean that students in classrooms and teachers should cease to learn and teach History, or in this case American Thanksgiving History. If we cease to teach these, we have to also think about the future of America, through what we are teaching at present. Teaching and learning is important to ensure that harsh histories do not repeat themselves.
The key to the possesion of knowledge is a delicate dance. #ShaziBlogTweet
I think from a personal point of view – I felt upset and sad that I had to justify the case for simply offering a Happy Thanksgiving. The key to the possesion of knowledge is a delicate dance. To know when there is a need for knowledge to be utilized. Not only for the purposes of teaching and learning, but also for yourself. Ensure that you are not being repeatedly stomped and trampled upon. To know when one must walk with a deep, humble, respect and gratitude through the eyes of awareness, knowingness. Simply put: just as anything one receives, to be responsible with what is acquired. So even if scholars, researchers, or previous generations have learned history, it doesn’t mean that there is never more to know. And it does mean that kids at suitable grade levels should also be given the opportunity to learn. Isn’t it time and the responsibility of schools and learning institutions, to keep the spirit of inquiry alive? The politicization of Education should not be imposed on the spirit of inquiry, thus allowing students to think and form their own views and opinions.
The politicization of Education should not be imposed on the spirit of inquiry #ShaziBlogTweet
My thoughts to share with love & kindness! 🙂
Notes – These thoughts were originally hand-written on December 4th 2019