Today in class we were supposed to be talking about the ways in which NASA has helped us in our everyday lives…. instead we went on a tangent in my fifth period class about Osama Bin Laden. Feeling that it was a truly important current event, I went with it. My students were curious as to why we all cared so much that this man was caught, and wanted to know why we were happy he was dead. It lead to a really interesting conversation about radical religion. I was amazed at the connections my students were making and was ever more impressed with how they directed their own discussion with little imput from me. For example, one of my students made a comparrison between Bin Laden and a Klu Klux Klan member, both justifying their violent actions with their religion. For a seventh grader, thats a pretty deep thought. It is amazing to me to watch these kids turning into young adults before my eyes. It was a true moment of education in my room today, both for them and for me.
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