The students started July 4 acknowledging that it was American Independence Day by listening to a rendition of America the Beautiful. The curriculum this day, because of its significance to one group of them, was focused on the concept of Independence and the dates and events which each student considered to be significant milestones in the journey to make the lives of people and particularly those in their community better. With 1776 as a start (but earlier dates acceptable) the students were each asked to put down at least two such events/dates which would meet the criteria of changing people’s lives for the better.
The day finished with the students in three different circles reflecting on their highs and lows with regards to the matters discussed during the day .
1) Not everyone thinks the same and we should accommodate one another
2) Someone’s opinions matters and there is no right or wrong
3) Everyone here must have empathy
4) This is a good space to explore personality
5) Everyone must feel free to interact with others and get out of their comfort zone
6) This is a safe space to sharing and expressing your views