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.

Different opinions and behaviors I willingly accept, uncomfortably live with - and can't condone

To try to prove a point, I made three lists. List #1: Opinions and behaviors others have that are different from mine, but it's fine. Not only do I accept them, I embrace them. I don't want to live in a world a clones. List #2: Opinions and behaviors that are different from mine that make me uncomfortable. But I can live with them. List #3: Opinions and behaviors that are different from mine that I can't condone. Before I share my lists, I need to confess my purpose. For years, I've struggled with being misunderstood, even by my own family. I've been called judgemental, intolerant and unaccepting. "Who are you to judge how others live?" "You want everyone to think like you." "You're trying t