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A response to "An open letter to the U.S. Capitol rioters"

What's happening within the nation is enough to make us wary of the state of our democracy.

A response to "An open letter to the U.S. Capitol rioters"
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One of the most intriguing things about this whole post was that it is relevant to the times, although fictional. The post centers around a grandmother mustering up the courage to write a letter to her grandson who was involved with the rioters from last week's atrocity of a day at Capitol Hill and the concerns many people felt once the news broke of this matter.
The letter encapsulated the same feelings many of us might have felt on that day—disappointment and shock that something like this could even be a reality within the United States. And to see this from the perspective of a grandmother that lived away from her grandson while reflecting on family life, upbringing and hardship made it more compelling to read.
It made me think about the families that could have experienced the reality of living in Washington, D.C. when all of this transpired or have family members who live or work there. What's happening within the nation is enough to make us wary of the state of our democracy.

Children have a place on the frontlines of the culture wars

What Should We Do When the Culture Wars Invade Our Children’s Lives?

Children have a place on the frontlines of the culture wars
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You know when there’s a controversy whether to include both sides to the Holocaust in a Texas school district, the culture wars have once again invaded the children’s lives. Similarly, in Southern Pennsylvania, books by people of color were banned (or per the official Central York School statement: “frozen” for an entire year.)

These discussions by the school boards are impacted by the bills passed in government, as in the case of House Bill 3979 requiring public school teachers to present various points of view when teaching about current events and social issues. Often, the impulse to clutch pearls and to “think of the children” is a rhetorical device to further political causes. As the larger climate in a racialized society such as the United States grapple with a history of slavery and the fight for racial justice--with the most current iteration being the black lives matter protests in the summer of 2020--what the children learn in schools have become a new battleground for those who land on opposing sides of this culture war.

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Why I don’t always expect my children to be completely truthful

Personally, I don’t expect the kids to always be completely truthful. Sometimes their truth bombs can be very unwelcome

Why I don’t always expect my children to be completely truthful

It's 7 am on a Wednesday.

My five-year-old bursts into our room like a whirlwind, and I blearily say good morning and remind him that he's going into school dressed in his onesie and wellies for a "wild rumpus day."

He replied, "Yes, I know. Don't forget we need to bring in sausages for the party".

Suddenly I'm wide awake and interrogating him; "What sausages? What party? What do you mean we're bringing sausages?!" I have a vague memory of going into school as a kid with sausage rolls or cheese and pineapple sticks for end-of-year parties, but I didn't think that was still a thing.

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