Today I took my 7th period to the library so they could take an online reading test. Afterwards, they had a few minutes of computer time. A couple of boys quickly called me over. They both had their father’s police records pulled up on their screens.
At first they were kind of laughing about which man was a bigger idiot, or what their father’s had been quoted saying to the arresting officers. I just stood there and read silently over their shoulders.
Suddenly it got quiet. The first boy saw that I was done reading his screen and said almost apologetically, “Yah, my dad’s not a very nice guy.” The other boy responded with, “I know how you feel. It sucks.”
I wasn’t really sure what to say so I told them, “Sometimes our parents show us what we can be, and sometimes our parents show us that we need to be so much more.”
Seriously. I’m amazed at how some of my students can even function.