Academic journal article English Journal

Shouldering Sandy Hook (P.T. 12.17)

Academic journal article English Journal

Shouldering Sandy Hook (P.T. 12.17)

Article excerpt

On Monday after the shootings,

I flip on the lights in my classroom

and force myself not to rearrange

file cabinets as flimsy barricades.

For today, those who question my

commitment to children pause.

They will be back. I'm just a teacher.

I must be broken and reformed

to meet the demands of this era.

The Common Core says nothing

about how to teach reverence in a

time of destruction. They've created

a puzzle of our discipline: literacy skills,

all border pieces and no centers.

And sure, it's important for students

to make a claim and back up their ideas

with strong and relevant details.

But there is no evidence, no

reasoning to support Maddie,

who cannot stop imagining her

six-year-old brother trapped in cupboards;

Jackson, whose normal kidding would be

tasteless, frightened by his own numb silence;

Karen, who circle-talks about God because

she doesn't know she's dipping a toe

into questioning her only belief. …

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