In more local news, the students look tired. Worn down. Four weeks away, but they are ready for a tidy conclusion to this spring's educational experience. A student in my 9:05 a.m. class burst out in dismay, and I could hear she was distraught, when the topic of capitalism itself rose from the waters of a novel with environmental themes. "Do you mean that capitalism might not be the best system!?" A few others smiled quietly, as if we were sharing tacit knowledge. . . sneakily questioning the national mythology. Or just trying to discuss and contextualize the book.
Ah, humanity; ah, class participation.
PS--And then later in the day, we'd learn of another school shooting, this one at a Christian campus in East Oakland.