This is not the blog I was planning to post, but given the violence in Washington, D.C. this past week, it seemed appropriate to post the letter I shared with the families at my school.
Dear Families, In light of yesterday's violence in Washington D.C., I shared this message from Independent School Management (ISM) with our teachers today to help them support our students. As adults, we may not have all the answers for our children, but we should always be listening. You know your children best, so use this and any other resources as appropriate. I recently heard a reframing of the “We’re all in the same boat” analogy to “We’re all in the same storm. Some are in yachts. Some are clinging to driftwood.” A binary understanding of the human condition doesn’t ring true for me; but whatever worldview one might have, we all have a unique experience growing up in whatever country, state, county, neighborhood, or household. There is not a year that has passed in my adulthood that hasn't brought me to tears about how humans treat each other. Nevertheless, I invite you to decline the invitation from anger and accept the call from love, compassion, and action. I recently listened to “Finding Fred”, a podcast about Mr. Rogers. After yesterday’s events, I immediately thought of him. In one of the episodes, Mr. Rogers talked about how to help children after the attacks on 9/11. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” As adults, we need to help our children make sense of a world that can too often seem to make no sense. If you need help, reach out. We’re here to partner with you in support of our children who are the heart and soul of our mission and community. Sincerely, Markus
Markus Hunt is an educator, writer, speaker, and musician. He currently lives in Aurora, CO.