Home >> Blogs >> Entry #6 of 12 Christian Teacher in First Nations Schools ~ Journey Toward Forgiveness

this user is offline now  june16randi
Send message

Gender: Female
Status: Married
Age: 64 Years

Country: Canada

Signup Date: 03/23/2013


July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013

Who Gives Kudos:


12:22 PM   [04 Apr 2013 | Thursday]

Entry #6 of 12 Christian Teacher in First Nations Schools ~ Journey Toward Forgiveness

Saving Face ~ I listened to the young advocate for FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) plead with a dead quiet room full of teachers.

"So, now that you know the issue with these kids is brain function and not willful behaviour, how will your paradigm change?"

I thought about that.


I thought about that too.  

In fact, it changed the way I looked at a few of my students who just couldn't pay attention, or seemed to get into trouble without even trying.  It's so tempting to think they're "just doing it on purpose".  Every teacher knows not to take classroom occurrences personally.  My husband and I have woke up to descriptive words scrawled on our home in spray paint and permanent markers, woke up in the night to our shed being broken into, and had a fairly new 12-string guitar and case drenched with gas and set aflame.

Over the years we've seen students punch one another in the face, heave books or desks across the room, flop on the floor, yell and refuse to move or say those descriptive words to your face. And we've seen their parents storm into the school mid-day spewing a tirade of verbal abuse, blaming the teacher for their child's behaviour.

"You guys are being paid the big bucks, you fix it"

"This school is nothing but poison.  Always has been poison and always will be poison".

I thought about the legacy of the residential school system and how the Canadian Government back in 2008 on a special National Television airing,  apologized to First Nations people for a policy that attempted to "kill the Indian in the child".  We had gathered the student body of that small First Nations school into the Library to watch this historical event.

We just heard the Prime Minister of Canada ask for forgiveness on behalf of his predecessors.

I was and wasn't surprised, when we heard an 11 year old, bitterly state what we knew was the result of years of parental input.
"I HATE those men.  And I will NEVER forgive them."



Mood: None, or other
- 1 Comments - 0 Kudos - Add comment 

ScaryLarry | Thu Apr 04, 2013, 19:04

this user is offline now

I pray the will change the hearts and minds of us and our native brothers and sisters. We know he can...

Copyright © 2009 - 2012 True2ourselves. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission is prohibited.