This week is the anniversary of the death of two lads from my school. They were killed in a joyriding accident. This week their friends wanted to acknowledge that one year anniversary with a one minute silence in school.
At first school didn't acknowledge that request. So in a direct non-violent protest, the campaigning students set off the fire alarm. Twice.
Then they went back to the head and asked again. A one minute silence was granted. The alarms were not set off again. A triumph for protest and direct action.
I'm quite proud of these young people. As a teacher I probably should be all disapproving- but what a show of consciousness. Surely thats what education is about, encouraging active citizenship! Thoughts?