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making change happen

I write this with a heart filled with sadness, my mind is full of opinions, heavy shoulders caused by frustration. Sadness is for the children of this beautiful province of Quebec, where children will never be bilingual because of a law that prohibits them to be educated in both languages. I’m sad because the Quebec government chooses to continuously cut funding for education, compromising field trips, arts, physical and health education, also leaving children with special needs without the necessary support, these children’s needs range from highly gifted children to physical and mental handicaps. My shoulders are heavy because I feel like I have not done enough to help my children and their friends in the battle for a better education system, guilty because I feel like I haven’t done enough to support the teachers either, but I don’t know what to do, and I don’t think the pressure tactics suggested to parents will produce the change we need. I am frustrated because I believe we can do better. I am tired of these battles, they are a waste of time and energy and take away from the fundamental right to an education. I love my province and I love my country, we are very fortunate to have been born here and to live in Canada, to experience safety, opportunity, fortunes and riches that people in other parts of the world have no concept of and never will. We have greater matters that need our attention like the aboriginal cultural genocide, providing potable water to our northern communities, welcoming the masses of people fleeing from Syria desperately seeking the security we live in which we take for granted. I’m not claiming to have a solution, however I can offer my opinion: as human beings we have the capacity to help, to open our minds and our hearts, to listen to one another, to be compassionate, all without judgement. Let’s work together, let’s educate our children, let’s teach them through example.