Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Support Constructive teaching: Karen Salazar
Jordan High School students lead a protest for Jordan English Teacher, Karen Salazar, who was recently fired for allegedly espousing "extremist views" in her class room. Students for Salazar were accompanied by Jordan H.S. Teacher and Poet, Mark Gonzales, Jose Lara and other members of the Association of Raza Educators (A.R.E.), as well as members of the community and of the independent press. The protest took place Thursday, June 5, 2008, during after-school hours. Amongst many of the heartfelt words Ms. Salazar shared with people regarding her students, she expressed deep appreciation for their bold acts of self-sacrifice.
"I feel humble that they were here because a lot of students know that it's risky to walk home after the school crowd has left....Walking home alone, things can happen to them," Salazar said.
Constructive education system is still lacking in many countries especially poor and developing countries. Our high schools, college and higher education students at present are indulged mainly in theories and books written many years back. Without Teachers, parents, educators and social involvement in the field selected, study is purposeless. Social involvement is research and highlight of problem is solution. As the time changes the needs also change, study should be in accordance. I am not suggesting; I recommended that Mrs. Salazar should be reinstated to her position and implement continuos education and constructive actions respecting educators and Students rights and responsabilities.
I want personally thanks to Professor Dawn Amber Dennis and Mr. Jeff Ecc for their involvement and cooperation on this matter.