Not Teaching the Las Vegas Shooting

Not Teaching the Las Vegas Shooting

(Photo source: Elizabeth Wroe, 2017)

I love discussing current events with my students.
The best part about this is that in New York State, the required civics course “Participation in Government” is typically given to seniors, so not only do I get a bit of wiggle room as far as curriculum goes, but I can also have relevantly intelligent conversations with young adults. Students who graduated have told me that our current events discussions were their favorite part of the class.
In all the conversations I have with the kids, I try and have a hopeful tone. Continue Reading…

     

Too Many Unknowns: Thoughts after Las Vegas

Too Many Unknowns: Thoughts after Las Vegas

Shots fire, and I drop to the ground. My screams join all the others, ringing in my ears. People trample my body as they flee the scene. I cover my head with my arms, closing my eyes tight. And I wake up. Panting. Sweaty. And grateful.

For the person beside me, and the dog by my feet, both asleep in their own protected dreamlands. For the safety of my loved ones, probably also asleep, miles away from here.

For my life, and the absence of any present danger.

Although, the danger is everywhere now. It’s unavoidable. Even going to a concert, or a movie, can cause some apprehension. Continue Reading…