LHS English 3

March 16, 2018

Conflict is a present conundrum in our world and in literature, thus allowing audiences everywhere to make a conscious choice of learning from conflict. This simple idea is chalked full of irony and paradoxes, victory and loss, new life and death, sweat and blood, and most significantly human advances and human failures. 

Juniors have had the opportunity to examine famous American documents and speeches, as they attempt to navigate their own journey. The beginning was the “Declaration of Independence”, where students reveled at the elegant words of Thomas Jefferson, yet questioned why these words have lost their weightiness with the common population. Then, going back a few years, students heard the potent words of Patrick Henry as he pleaded the Virginia Convention to wage war with the tyrant nation of Great Britain. The commonality of seeing oppression and wanting change touched home in the wake of the Parkland School shootings, yet students still sought answers into why such persuasive words have lost their luster. Finally, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brought down the house as he boldly stated, “I have a dream.” It was during this time that students, literally, put down their phones and looked into the eyes of their classmates in order to better understand the notion that “all men are created equal”. 

As I have had the great pleasure to watch these students mature and grow in front of my eyes, I only have one hope: they will never consider themselves superior to anyone, yet never let others make them feel inferior (adapted from John Wooden). I firmly believe that this unit has stirred them to new depths of thinking, challenged them to not accept the status quo, and encouraged them to shape their culture as they seek to change their world.