I’ve been in D.C. the last couple of days. I met up with an old Peace Corps friend, wandered the National Mall, cried my eyes out at the Newseum…I’ve been here several times, but this time somehow has been different. I’m not a tourist here anymore. I’ve done all that stuff several times (minus the Newseum), and the government shutdown limited options. So I researched at the Library of Congress and hopped around to different coffee shops lesson planning for my history classes in the midst of where much of American History and the influence of the world comes to life in our country.
I messaged a hometown acquaintance, Katie Mettler, who works for the Washington Post to see if I could get a tour. We grew up going to the same church, and I work with her Dad. She graciously said yes, and as we walked the corridors of my favorite newspaper/publication, we talked about the current climate of politics, the press…and then she asked me what it was like to teach young people right now. Ummm, it’s hard?!
Being here has inspired me to keep empowering and engaging students in open dialogue. Our differences are our strength. The Washington Post’s line says, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” and that seems like a great place to start in this less than civically-informed time. Bob Marley said, “Light up the darkness.”
I’m going to keep busting my butt to be a source of light to those I teach, heck how about to all those I know or that follow me on Twitter.
The government may currently be shut down, but the people are not!