They’re ready for a fight

Today was the first time since going back to school that I spent an entire day around students. I observed teachers in an ESL setting and a special ed setting.

I saw students play a cherished game, struggle to learn the three R’s, laugh and roll their eyes, erase mistakes and sneak a snack. I saw teachers care and love their kids.

And I thought about those students who have needlessly died because a winnowing segment of our population fetishize weapons of war and mangled the meaning of our founding document and don’t understand the gravity of the situation.

The words of a few far better writers than I echoed through my mind.

The first from a celebrated American treasure:

“That it’s namin’.

For the loser now

Will be later to win

For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen

Please heed the call

Don’t stand in the doorway

Don’t block up the hall

For he that gets hurt

Will be he who has stalled

There’s a battle outside

And it is ragin’.

It’ll soon shake your windows

And rattle your walls

For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers

Throughout the land

And don’t criticize

What you can’t understand

Your sons and your daughters

Are beyond your command

Your old road is

Rapidly agin’.

Please get out of the new one

If you can’t lend your hand

For the times they are a-changin’.”

— Bob Dylan

The second from a British songwriter gone to the stars:

And these children that you spit on

As they try to change their worlds

Are immune to your consultations

They’re quite aware of what they’re going through.

Finally, from Pearl S. Buck:

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.

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