Re: "Rebuilt school might include community library" (TNT, 4-8).
At the meeting of the committee planning this year’s Symposium on our Youngest Citizens (Sept. 24), this article was the first thing we talked about. How does this process square with the image of children as capable, competent and deserving of our respect?
McCarver Elementary School has had some great successes in involving children in an active way in the design and creation of spaces they will use (such as the Zina Linnik Park and Community Gardens). Their voices are sorely lacking in this piece.
Have the adults asked the children who live in the neighborhood, attend McCarver and are future users of the library for their ideas? What better way to build respect for a new space than to invite their help in designing it?
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This seems the first step in sending a message to children that they matter to the larger community.