Yesterday at the American School of Madrid we had the final student presentations for #EngageASM.
Over 70 student groups presented solutions to problems within and beyond the school community.
In the closing ceremony, I told them they lived in times of unprecedented opportunities for anyone to effect change. I also told them they lived in times of unparalleled challenge.
Today, after Friday’s events in New Zealand and after the world-wide youth actions for climate action, it is critical for us as educators, as parents, as adults, to consider where we stand and how our actions speak.
Today of all days we might do well to remember words written in 1624 by poet and philosopher John Donne.
-Maybe the word “man” is overused for our times, but look past that to hear the poet speak to all of us today. -
No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man
is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe
is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as
well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine
owne were; any mans death diminishes me,
because I am involved in Mankinde;
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.