Thursday, September 11, 2008

"I know my rights!!"

School in rural Cambodia
One of the reasons that I went into teaching was because I saw the importance and value of education. I believed that I could help young people learn and develop and be a part of equipping them for whatever future lay ahead. I wanted to work in the government system because I believed that every child deserves a quality education regardless of background or economic status. I still believe these things.

One of the things that I have found most frustrating about working with my students is a general lack of awareness that being able to go to school, have qualified and experienced teachers and have access to the resources that they do is a privilege that not all children and young people have (overseas and at home).

Many students of the current generation are obsessed with what 'their rights' are. 'You can't do that, say that, ask that of me... I know my rights.' They forget that with rights there are also responsibilities. They forget (or in many cases don't realise in the first place) that they are already the lucky ones. They live in a country free of war and conflict, they have a home, food and even extra money to buy the latest mobile phone. They have access to clean water, education and health care.

Maybe, just maybe, if they understood more about their world rather than 'their world', they would think less about their demands and rights and more about the opportunities that they are so fortunate to have, and make the most of them.

1 comment:

  1. G'day Em,
    I've placed your blog into my Google Reader and will keep up with your newer posts as I attempt to catch up with your older ones.
    It seems like I've been skimming backwards through time as I journey to your blogging point of origin.
    I'm looking forward to being challenged by your passionate views on education and social justice and engaging in conversation on many of these issues. However I chose to reply to this post first due mostly to my recognition of the school beneath the tree.