1. I don't much like writing about what everyone else is writing about, but this is an unprecedented time in my life and our history. 2. About a month ago I got sick. Not terribly sick. But I've had a cough that won't go away, and the last few days I've gotten worse. Since I'm never sick this long, I wonder, Do I have it? I doubt it, but I'd like to be certain one way or the other. I can't be, though, because I can't get tested. I wonder how many other other people are wondering, Is this a "normal," cough, cold and/or flu, or do I have the Coronavirus? 3. Just about everyone has their opinion on politics. Do we need more or less regulation? How should we be taxed? Where should tax money be s
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.