“Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to email us – we greatly appreciate it.”
A note at the end of an email from a parent. An email I initiated, an email that I wrote simply to note a student’s improvement, and a confession that she made in class that she understood why her parents had grounded her. But it is not time out, it is one part of teaching that I love. I love watching the development and growth that young people make, and if I can share that insight with a parent, it may just make a difference.
And now the 11 o’clock news is on about a 16 year old getting shot in Randolph, on his front porch. It is not time out of my busy day, it is my day, and it ought to be something we all take a pause to consider.