A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.
“So they won’t fire you if you’re gay, but they will if you act gay? What if you are straight and you act gay? What if you are not sure, but just generally fabulous?”—Rachel Maddow on Liberty University (via benjamin-bruce)
In England, Starbucks gives you your coffee in an actual mug if you’re staying. You get to sit there and enjoy the wonderfulness that is a mug while you enjoy your coffee instead of drinking it out of a cardboard cup.
Plus it’s good for the environment cause it’s infinitely reusable until you drop it on the floor and it shatters into a trillion pieces lobbing off your finger in the process. Which is also good for the environment because body parts make good fertilizer!