"The state of quality of having roots, especially of being firmly established, settled, or entrenched; having a sense of place."
Disconnection seems to be such a relatable concept. We see this in families-busyness, separation, silence. We see this in consumption-agriculture, textiles, media. We see this in ourselves-mind and body. We see this in communities-race, economics, religion, politics. As the sense of disconnection grows, it seems to leave children in a vulnerable space. Not too far under the surface, we feel it. They feel it-the longing to belong, to be known, to be rooted.
As I traveled there was a notable difference in school communities seeking to help students be rooted in their identities, their bodies and their communities. This rootedness gave freedom to open dialogue, risk taking, failing, and belonging. There was a felt sense of ownership in their work, their classrooms, their neighborhoods, and their cities. This rootedness was releasing hope, was producing joy, and was bringing freedom.