Showing courage, interest in truth

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2003

This is not my battle. Katie Hale speaks well enough for herself.

But the adult responses to her My Turn that I've heard or read have been utterly condescending and dismiss the issues she writes about, choosing instead to express worries about her emotional state.

Katie Hale has a sharp mind, a punchy prose style and no small amount of courage. And the rhetoric of her letter notwithstanding, she didn't spit. She spoke up. She spoke out. She's more interested in the truth than in getting along.

And if she isn't the kind of student we long for in our schools, then our educational system is in worse straits than we ever imagined.

Jim Hale


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