Invitation to reflect on the current situation of the country.
Gimnasio Moderno has always been a liberal institution, democratic and respectful of the constitution and the laws. The disruption of public order and the protests that have manifested throughout the country should be the subject of judicious analysis and deep reflection of our school community. Today, more than ever, we must be united to reject violence and repression, wherever they come from, as we must respect the voices that peacefully demand a more fair and equitable country.
It is time to make a stop and talk as a family about everything that is happening in our country. Our nation has never before needed us so much. We are convinced that through a sincere and respectful dialogue about differences while being empathic with the pain of others we can overcome these disrupting days.
Next week we will schedule some sessions and class spaces to address, from a pedagogical and responsible perspective, the social problems that show the reality of our country so that school members understand the importance of their preparation in the future to serve others and build a better society that may bring progress to Colombia.
That is why we invite all families to read and comment in their homes about the events that we have experienced in recent days. It is our responsibility to train critical readers who can understand the world with their own criteria, people capable of observing, comparing, dissenting and respecting the opposite opinion. Approaching the facts from different sources will allow each of us to have more perspectives for reflection. Events are always full of nuances and getting information from various sources will allow our students to identify enough arguments to strengthen their ideas, reach consensus and be better citizens.
This is not the first time that the school invites its students to reflect on unfortunate events. In April 1948, when the school hosted the IX Pan American Conference, the students, together with delegates from different nations, analyzed the national panorama; they themselves were witnesses of the signing of the Bogotá letter, which gave rise to the OAS in the High School Building. A unique opportunity to learn how to reach agreements with a vision of the future. Of the excesses that occurred during the Bogotazo, Agustín Nieto Caballero left us his motto “educating above instructing”.
Our founder warned that schools should deliver more critical and sensitive people to societies, responsible individuals connected to the country. It is in these moments of anxiety when we must raise our flag the most to accompany with hope and enthusiasm our commitment with Colombia.
Happy weekend to all.
Víctor Alberto Gómez Cusnir