Last spring, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited my school. Following the unfortunate tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook, the purpose of his visit was to meet with students, and staff, to discuss school and gun violence. The video below (4:23 minutes) is a condensed version of the hour-long discussion. The full video (51:36 minutes) is here.
Although I’ll give Secretary Duncan credit for visiting my school, in a tough DC ward, I’m still wondering whether he actually listened to the students in the video?
I wonder if he walked away with any valuable insight?
I wonder if some of our students’ stories affected his, personally?
I wonder if he listened them speak, or, if he actually heard to their stories?
There’s a colossal difference between listening to someone speak versus actually hearing someone’s story.
I wonder if he truly heard our students’ stories?