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In Their Best Interests

human trafficking (Click to enlarge)

I often hear myself telling students, “I already know all this. I went to college. I’m telling you this for your benefit.” We recently had an assembly on human trafficking. The speaker explained how young people in our city are lured into prostitution. The information was compelling! It was relevant! It was even interesting — peppered with photographs of real girls and video about kids in our very own city.

But I looked around and saw disengaged kids uninterested in the information being provided. I wanted to say, “She already knows all this. She is telling you this for your benefit!” It seemed like the kids who most needed to hear it — those who appeared more vulnerable, those who showed the most warning signs — were the ones most likely to dismiss the information. So sad.

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About celinatinsley

Ms. Tinsley is a high school English teacher, who has been in the classroom for 15 years. Give or take one or two. She lost count. She also hasn't been in the same classroom for that long. She leaves occasionally to go home and sleep so she can dream about a job where she earns respect. She loves her students but not in a creepy way. And when I say "love," I mean "likes enough to go to work most days." Although she did call in sick today. And it felt good. And she might do it again tomorrow. But otherwise, most days are pretty good. Rather, not that bad. Well, mostly worth living. She has published a book entitled, "Teachers Talk Smack," available through Amazon.com. She has garnered much critical praise with this original work full of charming illustrations and humorous anecdotes about the joys of teaching. Well, she has garnered one review from her best friend at work on Amazon.com. And the book really is the opposite of the joys of teaching. She is currently working on her second book about teaching. By "working," I mean roughly brainstorming in her head.

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