Apathy Jack writes:
Want to know what does the heart proud?
Due to an increasing number of violent incidents at school, form teachers were asked to have discussions with their classes about issues of tolerance and appropriate behavior. Each teacher got a number of ‘discussion starters’ – things like “If someone tries to step you out, how should you react?” and “If someone says something you don’t like, what should you do?”
I looked around my form class – a bunch of seniors that I’ve known for four years, some of the best the school has to offer, and I thought to myself “Bugger this for a game of soldiers. I have good kids here – really good kids. They don’t need this talk.”
Then one of the autistic students walks past the open door of my classroom, and a pack of my boys start hollering and mocking him.
The boys that were yelling at the autistic kid are all youth leaders in their church, and often proclaim their faith to me and the fellow students. The kids that were telling them to stop being so mean and to leave the poor guy alone were the smokers who don’t quite get to every class on their timetable.
As I was yelling (and by god I was yelling) the smokers took my whiteboard markers and covered my board with anti-harassment and tolerance slogans.
I thought about bringing up Matthew 25: 40, but I already wander around muttering Mark 13: 20 to myself, and I’d hate to get Christian spirited out...