A Snippet About Me
Note: I am no longer affiliated with IDEA or Cooperative Catalyst.
My name is Zuleka. It’s a Persian name that means “Brilliant Beauty.” I started this blog when I was in high school, which, due to the fast pace of the 21century, feels like 30 years ago. Where I am today is nothing like I imagined, and I expect that it will be this way for the rest of my life, although it would be nice to have a modicum of direction and purpose. I’m an artist struggling against inertia and self-silence. I hope to open up more and express my goals and visions in the world.
Above is a picture of me as a camp counselor for Outdoor Science School in Wrightwood, CA. This was perhaps my first time doing it, in 10th grade. I don’t know how much I’ve aged since then, but this picture has a tender spot in my heart.
Note: The viewpoint below has likely shifted since having actually been at a democratic school. It would be great to make a comparison at some point, so I will preserve this.
“Education is in the heart of the listener, not the voice of the teacher.” This is a quote [previously] at the top of my page. It was said in a documentary about democratic education, by a graduate from Fairhaven School (link on right). I used this quote in the early days of this blog, and I can’t find anything else. I’m wondering if it is no longer in step with my values, because I realize that teachers are heavily oppressed in the education system. Even with the introduction of these new standards, a teacher can’t just teach.
They have standards to conform to, and they lose their style and the personal power they have to offer to the lives of young people. Yet at the same time, I still agree with the quote because many teachers indulge in the authoritarianism. Many teachers feel that they have all the power and competence, and that youth must sit down and learn – nothing more, nothing less.
I am not sure, but the quote is still relevant. No matter how hard you try, you will not learn something you are not interested in, and it doesn’t matter that a teacher told you. Learning isn’t solely invoked by those in power.