There is a lot of fear being projected onto our kids lately. It isn't fair to ask our kids to be critical thinkers and, at the same time, tell them they can only think critically about what we, adults, deem worthy of thought. Many youth in Douglas County have proven to be open-minded, curious, and inclusive humans. They are willing to make mistakes and learn from them. These young adults are interested in noticing and asking questions … and listening. A good example. An example to which adults, who are often more comfortable maintaining the status quo, really ought to pay attention.
There are many things that adults have gotten wrong. Things that are outdated and harmful. We are human and we make mistakes. When mistakes are made and harm is done, ownership needs to be taken and apologies need to be made. This is an example of humility! It allows for a shift, usually for the better. Wouldn't it be beneficial for all of us, for the sake of our kids, to embrace humility and get curious? Wouldn't it be empowering to our kids if we ask them questions about why they think what they think, why they read what they read, why they are embracing people and ideas that we find uncomfortable or fear-inducing? What if our kids are getting it right? Many are asking good questions, advocating for those who are being mistreated and learning how to embrace their own voice! Maybe, adults, we should start paying more attention to what our kids have to say.
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