The Young and The Restless

July 20, 2011

I was reading about children/youth-nature relation today and how it became to be restricted and almost impossible to establish in today’s world. Ideas took me back to my high school year spent in Tennessee where I had to experiment short and regulated lunch breaks and 5-10 minutes of intermissions spent chasing classrooms. Students were led to a courtyard encircled by wire fences and supervised during lunch because of security reasons and then after a bell ring were taken back to their classrooms. This whole system had appeared to me weird back then as I was coming from a high school where students had the chance to circle around big courtyards, playgrounds, corridors during their breaks and had a long leisure time for having lunch. However my school was exceptional and I knew that in Turkey too many students were not finding the chance to breathe and have fun between their classes (but still many school provided longer and unsupervised breaks) Not that we had parks and gardens in our school but at least we had some sort of breathing space and time.

Schools offer us many things as they claim but the reality is far from this.
They restrict us from many perspectives
But when it comes to physical restriction I think this is where they hurt us more
Young people are restless
They need to take their energies out
Reflect them
Use them
And create!
There is so much activity inside a child’s heart
so much desire to live
so much passion to express
what is felt by his/her 5 senses
Restricting these energies only increase the pressure inside
Young people need to run, play, jump, touch
and be touched by nature
They need to be free under a free sky
They need to be free over free grounds
Grounds that will touch and kiss them
With dirt they need to talk
With earth they need to grow
And with life they need to live
and enjoy what is given to them for free.
Let them breathe with all the energy
that the world can ever see.

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