December 11, 2008

Project toolkit: The tool for change!

I really liked the tool kit's attitude and approach to change. one of the
things that caught my eye was the article by Jerome Scott and Walda
Katz-Fishman. In one of the paragraph Jerome quotes Che Guevara: "we must
idealize this love of the people, the most sacred cause and make it one and
indivisible" (12). In my opinion, one of the most important personal
characteristic one must possess to effectively fight for injustice: is
empathy. learning to put yourself in another person's situation.
Scott and Fishman goes on to explain the three building blocks for
economic and social justice movement which according to them are: critical
consciousness, vision and strategy. This building blocks I thought were
very important because in order for us to effectively fight for change, we
must first understand "how the world works, our place in it, including our
sense of history." (12). just like the old saying goes "you have to know
where you came from in order to know where you are going." It is important
we assess our world with our critical eye. vision: this is the way we see
the our family, community, country and the world. Do you want peace in the
world? Do you want more access to education in your community?, Do you wish
wealth could be evenly distributed among the whole nation? these are
examples of visions one may have. Strategy "the plan we collectively make
to change the world in which we live into the world we envision" (12). Often
times we complain about problems confronting the world we live in but only
a few people do something about it. The word is "collectively", meaning we
can't do all these things alone. We have to join forces somehow to produce
a more effective result.

I was also intrigued by the ideas/ definitions for popular education. All
the definitions were interesting one of the few definitions that specially
caught my eye were: "Egalitarian", "inclusive", "education with an
attitude", "Accessible and relevant" and "interactive."

Egalitarian: this is the idea that we are all equal and we have knowledge
to share and teach. this is important concept because most of the time we
are caught in the dance of a teacher vs. student. We don't always identify
ourselves as equal but usually see an authoritative figure.

Inclusive: this might be the most difficult one as it is human nature to be
ethnocentric. it is natural for us to view our culture, values as the right
way. The definition of inclusive forces us to see our selves in relation to
all people, even those who possess a different view or approach to live.
notice it said "in relation" not superior or inferior.

Education with an attitude: this calls for the idea that we are not
neutral. we all have ideas some of which have been shaped by experiences,
upbringing, race, class, etc.

while this tool is so optimistic and interesting it is important that the
change might be sudden but rather gradual even sometimes slow.