Congratulations to the participants of our school’s Dancing with the Staff competition on Friday. I can’t wait to hear about what happened!
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.
I’m sorry…I just can’t help it. It’s a natural instinct. I can’t stop correcting other people’s grammar. I do it out loud. I do it to their faces. If someone gets irritated with me, I can stop doing it verbally, but it still resonates in my brain. Is this some kind of disorder? Maybe I will Google it and see.