Hi everybody! Sylvia Lafair here, and I woke up this morning pretty agitated in distress, and when I turn the news on, of course, it was validated with what’s going on in Minnesota and literally all over the country for that fact, and I started thinking with school not in, and kids not able to congregate and especially the teenagers and you know not being politically correct to talk about things like this in school.
We have got to do something social media can be used for good, and it can be used for trouble, but right now we have an opportunity.
So, my question is, what is it we need to teach our children? What should they be learning about? What’s going on in our culture in the world? What is it that we’re missing in their education at every level? But especially the teenagers, and I started to think about it, and this song came to my mind, and I know we have an opportunity, and I’m thinking about how we can do this. It’s just a first formed thought about using social media, using zoom, using dialogues. Getting the kids involved to talk about this, without giving them answers, without forcing them to take a test, what to begin to listen. We’ve become a very big soundbite world, and we usually don’t go past the obvious. Our work, the work I’ve been doing is about how patterns repeat themselves.
So, what we’re seeing as someone said, isn’t new. It’s just now being filmed. The disparity of how people are treated and from different cultural areas, colors. So, I’m going to end this because I have some thoughts, and I will be back. I’d love to be able to create the beginning of a dialogue and see where our children fit into this,
but this is from a South Pacific, from Rodgers and Hammerstein, and I literally copied it.
So, I have the words. Although, they’re embedded in my head because this is what we’re working with. You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear. You’ve got to be taught from year-to-year. It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear. You’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve got to be taught, to be afraid of people whose eyes are oddly made and people whose skin is a different shade. You’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late, before you were six or seven or eight to hate all the people your relatives hate. You’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve got to be carefully taught. Maybe it’s time to break this pattern repetition of hate and division. We can do it.
I will be back with some ideas, but please under this video, please put your comments and thoughts and ideas because if not now when? And it’s been too long.
Thank you so much.