There’s been a pit in my stomach all day that is equal parts grief for the victims of the tragedy in Arizona and concern about the price of our increasingly divisive rhetoric. If I were the President, I would assign some homework. I would send every American three books.
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
A Little Peace by Barbara Kerley
When I assign reading to my students, we use their reading as a starting point for discussion. Maybe these three books are where we need to start now. There’s a case to be made that it wouldn’t make any difference. But it certainly can’t hurt.