As I write this post I am multi-tasking. The T.V. is on in my kitchen and I see pictures of buildings burning all over London and other parts of my country.
I look at the scenes and it makes me think of something I wrote a few months ago in a post “Making a Positive Contribution To This World”
Here is a section from the post:
“I remember standing in front of the class and saying that it might take a lot of love,time, energy, experience, passion and belief to produce a great work of art or a beautiful building… but it can be ripped apart or destroyed in what seemed like no time.
I wanted the children to think about how difficult it is to create and how easy it is to destroy. Richard Koshalek’s statement made me think about the wider implications of what we are hoping for in educating our children. At best surely it is that they can make a positive contribution to their world and hopefully to ours.
In your classes there may be architects of promise, artists of genius and filmmakers who will excite and take our ideas to a new height of experience.There may also be others whose contribution to society is one of destruction.
The big question therefore remains… how do we get our children to make a positive contribution to their world and hopefully ours and are we equipping them with the learning possibilities that will allow them to achieve rather than destroy?”
These words resonated with me as I re-read my post and watched people’s businesses going up in flames after they had worked for so many years to establish a presence and create some local employment.
It makes me sad, it makes me angry and it makes me think. Just what kind of society have we created for ourselves? How do the schools handle the children who will return to term in a few weeks after many of them would have thrown bricks and looted shops?
The terrible thing is that this is not revolution it is self-destruction… the youngsters who are involved in all of this are our children, they live with us and their scarred and battered community is their environment. I can only hope that it leads to a thinking about what kind of society we want to live in, what kind of communities we want to build and how we can get this discussed and debated in our schools.
- London riots: before and after the destruction in Tottenham, Brixton and Enfield (telegraph.co.uk)
- If the rioting was a surprise, people weren’t looking | Stafford Scott (guardian.co.uk)