When I discovered this interview of the 15 year old abolitionist Zach Hunter by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, I was STAGGERED by Zach’s claim that there are 27 million slaves in the world today. In order to come to grips with this astounding figure, I immersed myself in learning more by continuing to watch the extensive ABC video archive reports about modern slavery. Although my research was spurred by a 17 year old student’s question in the American literature class I was teaching (see my previous post); this was something I needed to do for myself. I was diving deep. Deeper than I could take my students. I was trying to assimilate the incomprehensible. So, I watched the horrifying news reports of children being sold, abused, and exploited.
According to my rather conservative, prudish standards, most of the videos I watched were not suitable for use in school–even for 11th graders. To deal with my student’s question, I finally decided to show my class the GMA interview with Zach Hunter; but I considered showing another video as well. It tells the story of an 82 year old American woman who has found a fairly simple way to rescue child slaves in Nepal. In fact, she is eradicating slavery in entire villages. Although time constraints prevented me from showing this news report to my class, I find that it continues to inspire me in my personal attempt to make a difference.
Please ignore the irritating commercial at the beginning, and watch the video on the following link. The report is only 3 minutes and 11 seconds, and it is well worth your time. It will also help you understand why the picture of a goat heads this post.
I am finally blogging! I have been an avid tweeter for about two years now, and I find Twitter to be an amazing tool for professional development, amusement, staying current with the latest news, and even a bit of social networking. I tweet primarily with Christians (mostly United Methodists, but a few strays too), educators, and techies; and I try to tweet or retweet information that I hope will be interesting across these disciplines. I am sure that my religious tweets are sometimes a bit distracting to the educators, and my education focused tweets seem irrelevant to my Christian tweeps; but I hope they are sometimes useful as well. Despite the separation of church and state, I think we should be learning from one another and listening to words of wisdom from each other. Cross-pollination may lead to the creation of new ideas.
Twitter has, and will continue to be a great tool for me. But I have repeatedly found that there are occasions when 140 characters are inadequate to express my views. So I am taking up blogging to fill that gap. There are some topics that I am very passionate about, such as the United Methodist Council of Bishop’s Call To Action, my petition to the 2012 General Conference entitled “A More Equitable Salary”, education reform, on-line learning, the seeming taboo of the Bible in public schools, the elimination of extreme poverty, literacy and reading, racism, sexism, and the modern abolition movement. I would like to use this blog to speak in more depth on these topics. But in addition to just speaking, or writing about my own view, I hope that this blog will become a forum for discussion. So I invite you to comment, and join the conversation as well.
I look forward to this new adventure, and I welcome you to this journey.