The two quotes mentioned in the blog prompt for the Gomez-Pena reading have a very deep meaning in the contexts of education. The first quote mentioned, “to observe a new world with new eyes” was a very simple yet moving ideology. My initial thoughts of the quote before reading the text was that before we are taught to comprehend and to think critically we view things for what they are. After one is educated and able to understand, they can then perceive the things they see not only as what they are, but what they could be or what they can be used for. An educated mind sees the world in an all new perspective. They can analyze and come up with ideas for themselves.
The second quote, “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” required some more critical thinking on my part to decipher. I honestly thought of reflection at first when the mirror was mentioned. I believe this was so because of the deep reflection that is required of us in NCC to understand everything that is observed. I later realized that the mirrors represent a barrier preventing oneself to fully understand something. These barriers can only be broken through being able to process the information and look beyond the mirror creating a window.
In the text there is a line that says, “We are now allegedly installed in a fully globalized, post-racial, post-racist, post-sexist, post-ideological, post-civil rights era, and anyone who thinks otherwise is clearly out of touch with the times.” This statement addresses all the issues that occurred throughout history. These are many problems that are thought to have been resolved, but are still rights that are fought over today. We may be the closest to equality that we have been, but these issues need to be continuously argued and pushed upfront so that change can occur.
Lastly, the new perspective that was given to me during the NY trip was the gay rights battle for marriage. I met two drag queens in Times Square who were protesting for the right to be married in the United States. To actually meet them and to hear their perspectives for myself was an entirely different experience than learning about it in class. I can now see and understand how they feel about the subject and what burdens they have to live with daily for doing what feels right to them.