Brian Fisher | April 14, 2010
Fulfilling one the tenets of progressive education, Buxton School students and faculty travel to a locale each March for a period of immersion and perspective broadening.
The school travelled Nicaragua for ten days this past March. Students are still working on their documentary video of the trip- editing a reported 55 hours of footage. The ten minute trailer is available above.
Photos & excerpts from student writings are available on Buxton's web site (The 2010 Buxton All-School Trip: Discovering Nicaragua).
I'm impressed with Buxton students' recognition of complexity and their empathy.
"...'It seems to me that there are certain dangers that lie in the aftermath of a “successful” political revolution. Nicaragua is living in the faint echo of a revolution. This echo resounds on t-shirts and tote bags and on billboards splattered with political slogans. But the reality of the country seems to show something different than a government and a people living by revolutionary standards. When asked if they felt that the government represented them and supported their efforts as humanitarian workers, every organization that we met, with the exception of the Sandinista Youth, said no.'
'...We met such interesting people whose stories and lives made me re-evaluate myself, who I want to be, and what I want to do with myself...'
'...Most of the people don’t ask for money or pity; they ask that we remember them, that we change the future. They tell us that we need to learn and vote and take pride in ourselves. Not to sit like a log but to take our lives and others into our hands, and say that we are able to do anything and everything, and know that we can change what is corrupt. But in order to do that, we need to know everything about ourselves, and everything about our government. I just wish there was a way to do it, and in a way so that it truly affects people...'"