in which I muse on the fight

I consume a ridiculous amount of information daily. Most of it related to the things I enjoy (geekery, math, teaching, technology, art), some of it social (Facebook, twitter, tumblr), and some of it relevant to the day (news, weather). Today I came across a new book that I need to buy 20 copies of for my friends and all their kids: Heros for my Daughter.

The selling point for me was this note from the author:

As you’ll see, every hero in this book is a fighter. And as I tell my daughter in the introduction: “No matter what stage of life you’re in, when you want something—no matter how impossible it seems—you need to fight for it. When you believe in something, fight for it. And when you see injustice, fight harder than you’ve ever fought before.”

So what do our students have to fight for? And do they understand that life is just one giant battle, but it’s totally a battle worth fighting when you find those things that Light Your Fire–those things you would do in your free time when you can do anything you choose?

I can arm them for battle, but I’m not sure how to encourage them to take up their own battle cry and charge at Life. I feel all I can do is be joyous in my own life because I do know what Lights my Fire and I do know how to sound my own barbaric yawp at the world. Perhaps that is what it means to be an adult–to take part in a fight worth having.

p.s. My childhood hero was, and still is, Jane Goodall.

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