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This conversation needs to happen in classrooms everywhere.

Abby Norman

Yesterday, the news invaded my classroom. I think the kids aren’t paying attention. I think the kids only care about the news as it relates to Justin Bieber. I think they aren’t listening or capable of advanced thought. Every single time I think one of those things, I sell out the ninth-graders that come traipsing through my room every day.

It started when I picked this poem to go over different ways to look at poetry:

Witness

Martha Collins

If she says something now he’ll say
it’s not true if he says it’s not true
they’ll think it’s not true if they think
it’s not true it will be nothing new
but for her it will be a weightier
thing it will fill up the space where
he isn’t allowed it will open the door
of the room where she’s put him
away he will fill up her mind he…

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3 responses

  1. craftspagan

    We all know that this kind of teaching HAS to start at home. That said, we also know that most parents would rather stuff a rabid badger down their own pants than bring up ANY mention of anything pertaining to SEX. We like to believe that with all the over the top crap we see everyday in movies, TV, games, magazines, and the internet, that we have left our puritanical past behind. Far from it. We cling to it like a life preserver on a capsizing ship. We all need to speak up and teach the upcoming generations that even though the world changes some things don’t. Rape is never going to be okay. Period. Teaching ALL children that only the word “yes” is permission for sex is imperative. I am passing this blog on to all the parents I know as a start.

    March 22, 2013 at 7:42 am

  2. Thank goodness for strong, brave teachers like you!

    March 22, 2013 at 4:19 am

  3. jfwilsonstudio

    This conversation needs to start at home, and continue in classrooms. Parents and guardians need to have honest discussions with their children about sex. Sheltering children only leads to more victimization, and teen pregnancy.

    March 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

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