Today the principals and vice-principals of our board got together for a keynote address, lunch and professional presentation. One of our keynote speakers was Chris D’Souza, an educator in Toronto who is working to eradicate hate, and to promote true equity in education through student leadership and empowerment. He shared a powerful video with us and I felt compelled to share it.
This is another version of the same text, but with the first few sentences written.
I refuse to believe that our students are lazy, apathetic and selfish. I refuse to believe that they choose to behave in a certain way because they are stupid, or they don’t care. I refuse to believe that all they need to do is “get their act together”, or just make more of an effort. I refuse to dislike my students and I refuse to not show them love.
I believe in my students, and I have hope for our future generations because of the people I work with – here at my board and beyond. If there is a lost generation, then it’s because we lost them.