We are all breathing in the tension right now. A presidential election around the corner. Disagreement about a new Supreme Court Justice nominee. Heightened anxieties about the global pandemic. Political pundits are pounding their positions. And as the partisanship chasm deepens, day-to-day conversations have become a bit of a minefield.
As a Head of School, I have a front row seat to observe how teenagers are trying to navigate this terrain. When my student government team sat down to talk to me recently, here’s what I heard.
It’s really hard. It’s the elephant in the room, Dr. Bohlin. We want to start a campaign, so everyone knows their voice is valued, heard and respected. It’s not just about debating issues. It’s about our daily interactions— the way we listen, ask questions and really understand each other that matters.
They have valid concerns. And they have framed up their responses with a practical wisdom we sometimes lack as adults.