Lessons from Harriet Tubman

By Maricel Roldán – English Teacher

Some weeks ago, we visited the Norman Rockwell Museum and I was moved by that painting. The lady in that picture was Harriet Tubman, a brave, daring woman in the 19th century. She led the way so that enslaved people could escape the plantations in the South. I could go on telling you about her achievements and the risks she took but that’s not the approach for this post. Harriet Tubman is an inspiration to many of us when we are told to be strong, to move on. More often than not, women in the 21st century are challenged to new levels and sometimes we feel that we are not up to the expectations.
Besides, Harriet also serves an outstanding example because of the sympathy she felt for her fellow enslaved people. It is that kind of sympathy that we should be practicing more often at present. As we are nearing the fourth week of the SUSI program in ITD, there are lots of lessons that I have learned. Twenty participants from around the world share more issues and concerns than I expected; teachers are facing a demanding and unprecedented time after the effects of lockdown on students. Looking back on these iconic leaders encourages us to set new paths in the future. Thanks ITD for all your support!