In preparation for our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, students selected their favorite Dr. King quote and reflected on the meaning of it. Several students presented these reflections at our whole school meeting to kick off our Day of Service.
Abby, grade 8
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.”
To me this Quote means we all may have different skin colors, or have different religions, or may come from different places, but we are all in the same sorta place right now. We all have to follow the same laws and we all have the same rights as an American citizen (supposedly). So that’s what I think Martin Luther King Jr. day is all about- realizing that we may have a different background and have different circumstances but we all live in the same country and we all want to have peace in our country (you would hope).
Marcela, grade 7
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
I interpret this as only when something horrible is happening, do people stand up and shine. Only when darkness and hate hang over us like dark clouds, do we stand up from our seats and spread our love. We worry about ‘what if this happens’ and ‘what if that happens’, but we do not realize the clouds coming until they are already above us. When we realize this darkness, we feel inspired to do something. Something meaningful. There is a whole lot of darkness in the night sky, but when you look up, you see all of the stars shining. To me Martin Luther King Day is about someone stood up and saw the clouds rumbling over him and, instead of asking what ifs, began to shine. He inspired others to get up and spread their love, that way when the clouds came they were ready for them. He turned our world around and so today, I too, can shine.
Skylar, grade 6
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
Loving someone can make you so glad, but hate for someone makes you mad yourself. We might not like a lot of people, or just one person; they might send a bad vibe or be mean . We might even call them our enemies. But we should not be mean to them. They are human too. If we kill them with kindness they might be nice to us too. If we love them they might just feel that love and know they are safe. They might even change, in the best way possible. They might just love you too. Love is a powerful thing. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a very wise man. He knew that love was the most important thing in the world. I just want you to know that everybody has a good side to them, you just have to find it. They might just be your friend.
Seth, grade 8
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
This quote to me means that hatred can degrade you, and that loving something is a lot easier to do and can improve you as a person. This quote basically exemplifies his movement as a whole. His movement was about love, loving all people. This quote is the exactly the same. Instead of hating people who thought people of color should not be equals, he chose to do peaceful protest to change their mindset. He did extremely powerful speeches to get his ideas out to the public. In the end hatred achieves nothing. If he were to have decided to go down the path of hatred, he would have never made an impact at all.
Arielle, grade 4
“The function of education is to teach one to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
I think School for Community Learning teaches both intelligence and character. One reason is that I think School for Community Learning shows intelligence and character is that they teach some of the 5th grade work to the 4th graders.
Another way that School for Community Learning teaches intelligence and character is that they give students a chance of their own points of views.
The last reason why I think School for Community Learning teaches both intelligence and character is that they have Passions which is a way to pick between many picks’ about what you would like to do for 1 hour every Tuesday and Thursday.
Now you know why I think School for Community Learning teaches intelligence and character.
Christina, grade 4
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says that the function of education is to tech one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education.”
I think that SCL teaches both academic thinking and character.
One reason SCL is smaller than other schools because we only have 4 teachers and classes are combined and we teach community because we share rooms.
A reason SCL teaches character is by doing good projects like making a compost bucket our of empty water jugs for the whole school. The jugs are made of plastic so we are reusing things that you could just recycle and forget about.
Lastly, we have good community by rules not to leave others our of a game or friend group. They also teach us responsibility by making sure every wrong is right.
SCL is connected by size.
SCL teaches community by difference.
SCL teaches responsibility by good projects.
SCL teaches us intelligence and character by connection, community and last, responsibility.
Myra, grade 5
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
How I think School for Community Learning fulfills MLK’s quote is we teach both character and intelligence.
One reason I think our teachers and staff are kind and understanding is because when someone forgot their homework then the teacher and student will decide what to do, then the student brings back the homework the next day. This is why I think the teachers and staff at our school and kind and understanding.
Secondly we have been taught to be understanding and have manners because the teachers are understanding and act polite, so we do the same. This is a reason why I think we have manners and good understanding.
Lastly even if we don’t like some people we still treat each other with respect and treat each other like a community because we have been taught to care and be kind and accept what happens. This is the reason why I think we treat each other with respect and treat each other like a community.
Chioh, grade 5
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
You ask me many questions about this quote. I will say I agree with it very much and I think School for Community Learning applies to this well. Let me tell you why.
One, I think our learning curriculum supports and has students thinking critically. That is because the School for Community Learning puts us in scenarios where we need to really think how to handle this situation. That is the first reason why I think School for Community Learning applies to MLK’s quote very well.
Two, the way SCL teaches let’s students express their emotions in a way the teacher understands. That way the student can give kindness to the community and the community can give that kindness to other communities and so on. That is my second reason I think SCL (School for Community Learning) applies to MLK’s quote very well.
Three and finally, the reason we teach so peaceful and calmly is to let students see there’s a way to be intelligent with character. For the past three years I’ve been here, when a teacher puts their hands on a student it’s to comfort or greet a student. By this way students can become polite. That way students can build character very well. Overall I think School for Community Learning applies to the way MLK thought teaching should be.
Lennon, grade 4
Do you know MLK? Well in one of his quotes he said “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character.” I am going to tell you how School for Community Learning is fulfilling that quote.
They helped me find my passion. SCL helped me find stuff I liked. I have a more stuff to do that I’ve never tried before. Passions is always fun and hard. Clearly, passions is character and intelligence.
They are really nice and are always helping kids. They are always there for us. They care for us and our health. They help us when we are struggling. Clearly, they are fulfilling MLK’s quote.
They help us be good people in life. They always tell us to be kind to one and other. They don’t yell at us unless they have to. We have reflections to think back on our favorite part of mistakes so we can change it tomorrow. Clearly they are teach us to be good people. In conclusion, I think SCL is fulfilling MLK’s quote.