May come across as a little political, but this piece from priest Esau McCaulley is a nice reminder of the value of dialogue in the classroom, and that we cannot be afraid to have hard conversations with our students, or fear what our kids are being taught. A diversity of thought will shape our kids lives in many ways. They will engage with so many perspectives whether they are sanctioned and good ideas or not. It’s nice to remember that we can engage in gracious dialogue in the classroom/school setting also, even when we disagree. I think that is what is so unique about Integrate, and how it meets students needs that may have a variety of beliefs in a single classroom.
“This ability to hold fair and stirring conversation is the gift that all great teachers have. It is impossible to legislate. This is a gift that can either be honed or ground to rubble by unrelenting competing agendas.”