I'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community today, and it's always good to read what everyone shares. Thank you Stacey, Tara, Anna, Betsy, Dana, Kathleen, Beth, and Deb.
Once in a while during this school year I have regrets about retiring. It happens in certain months, or with certain events. This time it's all about elections, especially THE election process for the President of the United States. I loved sharing this time and the process, even that which many thought awful, with the students. There were numerous activities we did, various topics studied. We read books, learned about inspirational people who fought and gave their lives so they could vote. And we studied those who also fought in other countries for the right to vote. What I wanted more than anything for students to take away with them was the freedom we have to voice our opinions, and take those opinions to the polls. and translate them into votes.
I know that people groan and say things like "Oh, no, the rest of the year we'll see those ads, endlessly those ads." But what if you had to steal into the night to pass out fliers and feared for your life as you fought to share your ideas? And what if you were turned away because "they" said you couldn't vote because you couldn't pass the test? And what if you knew that you couldn't vote because you were a woman? These are questions, with others, that we considered more than once, and it was a pleasure to watch students think about their lives and how they wanted to live them, and to help others carry on these freedoms. I will miss that this year, have avidly read all the news, am watching the Iowa news as I write. It's an exciting time in the United States.