A funny thing happened to me during the screenings of
“The Sand Creek Massacre” film at Broomfield Heights
Middle School this past Friday. Five different classes.
Over 125 individual kids. The biggest rise I got out
of all of these kids was when I mentioned that
I was an old geezer and I still had my original teeth.
They laughed out loud.
You gotta think about that. The subject matter, racism,
the fact that it was Friday and it was the first class of
the day, cast a gloom in the classroom. The kids and
teacher were tired. They needed a boost. So, I caused
them to brighten their faces, wake up and have some fun.
How much did you know about racism when you were in
the 8th grade? I knew nothing. But, in these classes, terms
like racism, genocide, points-of-view, collision, terrorism, beheadings,
mutilations, ISIS and Nazis, were parts of the classroom discussions when the
teacher started each class session, during the film and when I spoke to each class
after each screening.
I was impressed with the intelligence, the knowledge,
the discipline, the attention, the respect and the manners expressed
by the students during this day long affair. It was a learning
and growing experience for this old geezer, and one that
I will always cherish.
Thank you for your continuing support.