it gets better, part three

I should modify that first panel to say “Most kids that I observe aren’t trying to be hurtful.”

Part 4 will likely be posted on Friday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Hey, I’ve got to pass my hat around again: With only 19 days and $82 dollars to go, please consider donating to this DonorsChoose project. I’m trying to get a bunch of scary books for my classroom. A couple of dollars here or there really makes a difference.

2 Responses to “it gets better, part three”

  1. As a fellow writing teacher working with younger students (college freshman at a large state school), I encounter this same problem every semester. What’s more disheartening is the fact that my students feel there’s nothing wrong with their behavior. They generally just shrug and tell me, “I didn’t mean it that way.” That’s sad, and I can’t place all the blame on the student. Someone, somewhere in their past, whether a family member or other authority figure, served as an example and made it acceptable for them to toss around such hateful language in such a nonchalant way.

    Even worse, few other teachers or members of the staff feel the need to halt the behavior. I actually had another teacher once tell me that “they’ll grow out of it.” No, they won’t, not if someone doesn’t take the initiative to stop the cycle.

    I applaud you for dealing with this subject in your comics. Thank you for spreading the message that all our students, regardless of sexual orientation, race, religion, or gender, deserve the right to feel comfortable and safe at school.

    • Christopher Pearce Says:

      Thanks Erica. I appreciate the feedback. I think you’re absolutely right- some kids WILL “grow out” of couching their language with hateful words, but only if they have someone point out the folly to begin with. I feel teachers should take that lead, but many don’t. It’s a pity, but I’m glad you’re fighting the good fight along with me:)

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