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  •  All we can do is do what we can. You have a (7+ / 0-)

    community that supports you, and believe it or not, those in "the system" who are trying to make things a little better.

    I grew up on the Near North side of Chicago, and we knew which streets not to cross at night, and some that we didn't cross during the day. We lived in a "buffer neighborhood" we didn't really have gangs of our own, though we did have adults who protected the turf for us. At that I was lucky, we moved before the "drug war" really geared up. Back when we had a war on poverty, not a war on poor people.

    I went back to the old neighborhood 20 years later, still long before "now" and things were bigger, rebuilt and nicer, but I talked to kids who could have been mine and there are still streets you know not to cross. And, even back then, it was still a "buffer neighborhood." The only real change was that all the kids knew the Spanish word for "duck!" Not the aquatic water fowl...

    Thank you for teaching, thank you for choosing teaching as a profession. People get looks and maybe longevity from parents, money or land from families, but civilization comes through teachers. Nietzsche was a loon, but I hope this event doesn't kill your career, but makes it stronger.

    I wish I had something better to say to you. More than most,  my family has had their share of teachers. More often than not, teachers of school age children. Lots of them have faced violence, sometimes addressed to them because of their job. When I've asked, I never get real answers, it's a family trait; maybe genetic. All I really have is the generic: Ask for what you want.

    I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

    by Jonathan Hoag on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 05:18:02 PM PST

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