My assignment this week is out of town, so instead of sitting at my own dining table for breakfast, I headed to a local coffee shop nearby the school I’m visiting. As I was sitting at the counter, sipping my coffee and making a flaky mess with my almond croissant, I heard a snippet of a conversation from a group of three men sitting nearby. They looked to be in their mid to late 50’s. Or maybe early 60’s? I’m no good at guessing ages, but the point is they’ve been alive for awhile.
“My mom was a teacher. Teaching was different back then. You could hit a kid and it would be okay.” The men chuckled. The rest of their conversation was too muffled for me to make out clearly, but it didn’t matter. I was already seeing red. I can’t understand how it is that there are still people out there that think it’s okay to treat kids this way. It wasn’t really okay “back in the day” was it? I don’t think so.
Do you still hear things like this where you are?