i’m posting this student question tonight and taking a few days to think about what i want to say. this afternoon, on the second day of the new school year, a student in my last period class asked me, “i know we have to read and all, but, really, when are we ever going to use this?” “Use what?” i mistakenly asked. “use reading and writing. when are we ever going to have to use that after school?”

maybe if you don’t teach, you aren’t in shock or looking like a brain-dead schizo from the horror. maybe it’s just because i teach teenagers who will one day be the leaders of society and supposedly the people responsible for my social security checks. i can’t even really write about this tonight because the dumbness is mind-boggling. i want to laugh and cry and scream. in that order.

i really have a lot of thinking to do.