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In celebration of the beautiful struggle…

 

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The revolution is here, the revolution is here people
I said it once, I'll say it twice
You gots to be ready
The revolution is inside of you
People, the revolution is here, yeah

There we were. Minding our own business when it hit me like a steam train. 

  • Curriculum change isn’t supposed to be easy, uncontested or a process that shouldn’t have resistance.
  • The acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding isn’t easy.
  • People are supposed to question the introduction of new pedagogy and the taking of risks.
  • Paths blazed are not supposed to be easy to follow.
  • It’s meant to feel that your head is hitting a brick wall when pushing for change.
  • Young people and adults are supposed to fail. More importantly, they are supposed to continue on.
  • We are meant to question what it is we are doing, whether we should be doing it and whether it is really worth it.
  • Part of leadership is about encouraging and allowing other people to do better than you and about challenging the top, middle and bottom.

‘Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world.’ Martin Luther King

How often are young people and adults allowed to explore and engage with the beautiful struggle?  On reflection, the last three years have been turbulent, heart breaking and desperate at times.  But, the changes being seen mean that the battles fought, lost and won have been undoubtedly worth it.  We can’t prove it, but we know.

So, here’s to the beautiful struggle in education, for education and about education.

We fightin' the good fight
The Beautiful Struggle
Yeah, let's go

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Photographs from an interesting day in the Sothern Highlands.

Lyrics by Talib Kweli ‘The Beautiful Struggle’

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