>I really must agree with you about the students' "anti-establishment"
>attitudes. I often remind my peers that it is really the "job" of the
>adolescent to rebell...that's the only way that they can learn or desire
>independence. And when kids come to class all fired up about some perceived
>injustice, I often can "disarm" then with the same observation...they often
>have to laugh at themselves. I think that educators often forget the
>complex creatures we are, and are dealing with! I for one enjoy the passion
>and energy that kids bring to my classroom, and try to find ways to channel
>that energy into expression, or problem solving on a higher level than basic
>anger (although their anger is a really good catalyst for change). Of
>course some of our best and brightest art students are the most vocal and
>rebellious! And thank goodness they have our discipline to find a voice
>and refuge in!
Sandy....You wrote that sooooo beautifully! I'm going to make a copy of
your answer, frame it and put it on my desk!! We all need a kick in the
pants sometimes to remind us of the big picture when we get stressed!!
Thank you for the insight!!!!!!
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, California 94526