Children Don’t Have to Fear the Future

The Problem My classroom bubbled with anticipation as the final bell of the year came to life. I turned my attention to some pressing paperwork as students emptied the building for summer vacation. The door closed. The room filled with silence. Lost in work, I was startled by a soft whimper. I raised my head to discover one of my seniors sitting across the room staring out the door. Tears streamed down her face. I walked over and asked what was wrong. Her answer still troubles me. “I’m afraid to walk out this door. I have no idea what...

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