To the Editor:
I read with great interest Christopher L. Doyle’s Commentary “The 9/11 Generation: An Exit Strategy for Moral Hardness in the Classroom” (Sept. 12, 2012). With an anthropologist’s eye and brimming heart, Mr. Doyle enumerates the ways in which we all have become desensitized to the violence that pervades our lives today. He unabashedly calls us all to task and demands that we make a stand.
As educators, our paramount responsibility is to engender a deep sense of right and wrong in the minds of those in our care. How can we possibly wish this for our students if we ourselves do not also make a shift? It’s about peacemaking every single day, in what we do and who we are. Thank you for this beautiful and important clarion call.
Seth D. Webb
Instructional Leader, Upper Elementary
Free Horizon Montessori School
A version of this article appeared in the October 31, 2012 edition of Education Week as Peacemaking Is Crucial For Teachers, Students