Your reply was inspiring!
On Sat, 26 Oct 1996, Sandra L. Eckert wrote:
> 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!