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It Takes People to Make a Change, Not a Government (Guest post by student Diego Negrón Reichard)

 ( in Spanish and English)

Vivo en Puerto Rico. Un país de decir, pero no hacer, de ver, pero no creer, de querer algo, pero no lo suficiente como para tomarlo en nuestras manos, de esperar, pero sin saber lo que estamos esperando.

Mi nombre es Diego Negrón y la verdad es que esto se aplica a muchos lugares alrededor del mundo. Se necesita gente para hacer un cambio, no un gobierno, es por eso que estoy tratando de mostrar al mundo que incluso un niño de 15 años como yo, puede hacer un cambio pequeño pero significativo.

Tiene que haber una motivación para el cambio. La inspiración viene en una variedad de maneras. Puede hacerse presente a través de palabras de un poeta, la risa de un niño, e incluso mirando a un bello paisaje. Pero a veces la inspiración puede venir a través de una pérdida, cuando se produce una catástrofe natural, o cuando un niño está privado de sus padres. Algunos pueden argumentar en contra de ella, pero en mi caso, me inspiré en una forma lamentable. Miles de niños en mi país y en todo el mundo no tienen la oportunidad de obtener un futuro mejor. Me han inspirado y sé cual es mi propósito. Algunos pueden reír, porque sólo tengo 15, pero creo que eso es lo que lo hace especial. Para resolver este dilema, he llegado a la misma conclusión que muchos humanistas del Renacimiento han obtenido cientos de años atrás, la educación. La educación es el medio más viable para resolver muchos de los problemas actuales de la sociedad. Se puede resolver la pobreza, el hambre, la criminalidad, y puede crear un sentido de compañerismo dentro de todos nosotros.

Mi objetivo principal es enviar el mensaje a todos en todo el mundo que no importa la diferencia en edades, de dónde vienes, o qué aspecto tienes, porque en el Fin, todos somos juzgados por nuestras acciones.

– Diego Negrón Reichard


I live in Puerto Rico. A country of saying, but not doing, of seeing but not believing, of wanting something, but not enough to take it in our hands, of waiting, but without knowing what were waiting for

My name is Diego Negrón and the truth is this applies to many places around the world. It takes people to make a change, not a government; that is why I’m trying to show the world that even a 15 year old like me, can make a small, but significant change.

There has to be a motivation for change. Inspiration comes in a variety of ways. It may make itself present through a poet’s words, a child’s laugh, or even by looking at a beautiful landscape. But sometimes inspiration may come through a loss, when a natural disaster occurs, or when a child is bereft from his parents. Some may argue against it, but in my case, I was inspired in an unfortunate way.

Thousands of children in my country and around the world don’t have the opportunities to obtain a better future. I’ve been inspired and I know my purpose. Some may laugh because I’m only 15, but I think that is what makes it special. To solve this dilemma, I have come to the same conclusion that many Renaissance humanists have obtained hundreds of years ago, education.

Education is the foremost viable mean to solve many of society’s present day problems. It can solve poverty, hunger, criminality, and can create a sense of companionship within all of us. My main goal is to send the message to everyone around the world that it doesn’t matter how old or young you are, where you come from, or what you look like, because in the End, we are all measured by our actions.

– Diego Negrón Reichard



14 thoughts on “It Takes People to Make a Change, Not a Government (Guest post by student Diego Negrón Reichard)

  1. Wonderful and so well said! Thanks,Diego, for expressing something that we all need to pay attention to: “It takes people to make a change.” WE are the changemakers now, and as we change our schools to be open to all kids and to be about what the KIDS need, that is exactly how we will change the world. I am impressed at your global perspective and your ability to communicate so eloquently in both Spanish and English; you are the kind of new leader we need for the new Renaissance that we are all creating right now. I will share this post on another Facebook page, so more people can hear your message: Please come by and join us there, too. I’d love to hear more from you. Patricia Kokinos,

    Posted by Patricia Kokinos | September 26, 2011, 11:46 pm
  2. Thank you. It means a lot coming from you and the thought that you’re spreading the message is wonderfull. I would love to join you i already liked your facebook page!

    Posted by Diego Negron Reichard | September 27, 2011, 8:05 am
  3. Power to the people! Power OF the people. Yes!


    Posted by Kirsten Olson | September 27, 2011, 8:28 am
    • Exactly! we’re always waiting for something to happen, a catalyst, but we don’t know why we’re waiting. It just takes a single person to do something, with love and good intentions at mind, and the people will follow. It so simple, but everybody is afraid to just take one leap of faith. Sometimes, the best decisions are made without our eyes, but with our hearts.

      Posted by Diego Negrón Reichard | September 27, 2011, 4:17 pm
  4. Mucho gusto, Diego – buen hecho.

    ¿Cuál tipo de educación debemos emplear para cambiar la triste tortura de esperar sin saber lo que estamos esperando? ¿Cómo deben ser las escuelas? ¿El enseñar y aprender? ¿Las reglas? ¿Las interacciones entre los viejo y la joventúd?

    ¿Qué piensas que estámos esperando?

    Dígamelo: ¿qué debo hacer cómo maestro en los estados unidos para quitar esperar – para ayudarnos encontrar lo que estámos esperando?

    En solidaridad,

    Posted by Chad Sansing | September 27, 2011, 8:41 pm
    • Despite my “success” in high school Spanish, I speak Spanish only in my dreams. Chad, I tried to translate your comment using an old-timey favorite, AltaVista Babel Fish . . .

      “Much taste, Diego – good fact. Which type of education we must use to change the sad torture to hope without knowing what we are hoping? How they must be the schools? Teaching and learning? The rules? The interactions between old and joventúd? What you think that estámos hoping? Dígamelo: what I must make how masterful in the United States to clear to hope – to help to find what estámos hoping us? In solidarity, C”

      I think I might just print out your comment and ask my El Salvadoran neighbors for help. Good excuse for neighborly connection, thanks!

      And Diego, many thanks for guest-posting. I love that you are young and unafraid to ask big questions and assert yourself.


      Posted by mindyfitch | September 27, 2011, 11:40 pm
  5. Thank you Diego, I totally agree with you. I am Mexican and well I relate to the challenges we have, however the one we have the most to overcome is to make others listen. To let people see that no matter how young we are, we are aware of the world, we also can think, we also can have visions of how things can be better. I am 23, an undergrad, an despite my thoughts, here in my country it may seem quite radical; but I bet it wouldn’t sound radical is someone from another country comes and says it…

    I started a blog as well: I think is a good start to not only share my thoughts but others too, and to also for those who don’t believe, give them the “theory” they need. (For some may question what’s my foundation for doing and saying things…)

    Posted by Xim | October 2, 2011, 12:23 pm
  6. Siempre hay una manera de creer lo increible, solo necesitamos la vision, luego la practica. No obstante la educacion del conocer y del compromiso para un mejor vivir dia a dia es el corazon que inpulsa a pensar y a imajinar el cambio…al verlo ‘se debe crear la union de un equipo, la autogestion y la persistencia. Y el futuro vendra acompañado de los resultados!

    Persigue la excelencia y el exito los acompañara durante el transcurso!

    Posted by Miguel Angel | October 8, 2011, 10:55 am
  7. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama and studying to be a science teacher. I am inspired by your post and you seem like an amazing person, I love how your enthusiasm comes through in your writing. I also believe education is the key to solve problems. Its hard to make a difference sometimes but you seem so determined and have such a desire to do so, I really think you could make a change in your country. Good luck!

    Posted by Audrey | October 9, 2011, 12:05 pm
  8. Thanks for reading and sorry I’m responding late but my school has been tough these weeks and I got a job as an IDEA organizer( …. In respond to your questions, I believe that the only fair education is a democratic one where all students have a voice, because when the “weak”( kids are not weak, it just some people are prejudiced) have a voice, they have an identity. Teachers should play more than just the role of a teacher. He/she must brake these classical boundaries our system has determined. That teacher must become a person a student can trust and share life changing experiences, because would you trust a stranger? Also the rules should be established by the students. Think, If I make a rule, would I brake it? Would I go against myself? Or would I follow them because I created them based on my principles and values taught at home? Elders are powerful, but shouldn’t be elitists. They can not think they are better than others because of their experiences, but indeed they should offer these life experiences so that we don’t make the same STUPID mistakes again! You’ve already done the first step, which is to recognize that there is always room for improvement and change. I recommend asking your students how you should run the classroom so they can benefit the most. By doing this, your allowing students to see that we have to think outside the box, and look for what we want, NOT just ask for it. Hopefully, they can reach their own, unprejudiced, conclusions of what we want.

    Xim: I love your blog man! Keep doing what you do and give it your all!

    Posted by Diego Negrón | October 20, 2011, 9:26 pm
  9. Wow, what a great post by a young 15 year old. Very inspiring and motivating for those of us that have lost a little faith. Power is in the people and we cannot forget that!

    Posted by Beth | December 28, 2011, 10:35 am
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