Learning In Action at Centro Infantil San Pablo
By Mireille Rita Grovier, photo by Jay Grovier
George Santayana, the famous philosopher and poet, once said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” In contrast to Santayana’s maxim, the five-year-old students at Centro Infantil San Pablo are learning by repetition about their Mexican history and in particular, during the month of September, its Independence Day. Their maestra, Consuelo, first explained this piece of their history to them, and then the action came alive.
Two days of practice and planning ensued in anticipation of the school’s reenactment and celebration. Parents, family members, teachers, three- and four-year-old students all in costume, and members of St. Paul’s congregation gathered in the school patio on September 15 to witness a demonstration of the history the five-year-olds had just learned.
The celebration began with salutes, the Mexican National Anthem, and the Pledge of Allegiance. Santayana notwithstanding, a lesson of history was then repeated. A replica of La Corregidora, glamorous in her fluffy pink dress, wrote the warning to Father Hidalgo. Uniformed Allende, Aldama, and associates delivered the warning on horseback. Yes, on horseback! But this time, the horses were hobbyhorses!
Balding, with just a fringe of white hair, a new Father Hidalgo, Virgin of Guadalupe flag in hand, climbed the stairs, issued again the “Cry of Dolores,” and rang the church bell. The march to Mexican Independence was reenacted as a lesson for all students at Centro Infantil San Pablo. The ceremony ended as the entire student body and their teachers circled the patio in a march of celebration.
To know more about Centro Infantil San Pablo and the educational opportunities we provide these amazing children, please visit our website at www.centroinfantilsanpablo.org.