The Issue: The Summit on Human Dignity can be overlooked as just a break from regular classes and homework.
Our Stance: Personal investment and dedication from students will pay dividends.
Every year for two weeks students are given the unique and informative occasion of participating in the Summit on Human Dignity, an opportunity that no high school in the state and maybe even the country has.
This year, just as every year, classes will be brought to a brief halt and students and faculty will gather to learn about human rights issues in our world, specifically for this year, the opportunity gap.
This year’s Summit should not be viewed as a chance to have a break from classes and homework; it should be recognized for the unique opportunity that it really is.
For those who already do, and we know there are many, kudos. For others, students should not disregard the Summit but rather the opposite. The Summit should require personal investment from each and every student—faculty too.
Even if you think you disagree with the topic or the approach, pay attention, ask questions, think.
If you disagree, speak out as to why you feel that way. Try to pinpoint specific details beyond “it’s too liberal.”
We are not going to solve the world’s problems in two weeks, but we will cover issues that will directly impact all of us at some point in our lives.
A personal investment in this year’s Summit could include actively participating in Summit activities both required by the school and extra-curricular.
This could mean raising your hand to ask a question in a workshop instead of zoning out for the session, daydreaming about the fact that you have no homework that night.
Try attending one of the OFJ’s offered field trips or sit in on the Summit Film Festival.
This is not a scolding; it’s merely a reminder that we have an incredible experience standing right in front of us and we as Jesuit educated, social justice oriented, young adults should grab this opportunity and get as much of it as we possibly can.
Staff editorial written by Jackson Santy ’13.
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