Andrew: My God, are we gonna be like our parents? Claire: Not me... ever. Allison: It's unavoidable, it just happens. Claire: What happens? Allison: When you grow up, your heart dies. Bender: Who cares? Allison: I care. The last ten seconds of this memorable scene won't leave you. I've grown up and I know this isn't true. Not only has my heart not died, its sensitivity, empathy and compassion have intensified. Its capacity to feel has lifted. My heart is more alive than ever. There are times when I wish it had died. Or at least weakened. Because the longer I live, the more I experience things that make my heart hurt. This planet's sadness can be overwhelming. Why it might die No wonder then
What Should We Talk About?
My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.
It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”
I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.