as school started over the last few days, i've heard a lot of complaining from students about having to go back, leaving carefree summers behind, and especially, new school uniform codes (shudder). all relatively normal, understandable, even expected complaints from american kids.
the gratitude we should all feel for the fact that our students can attend school free (generally) from fear or danger is easily forgotten.
40 afghan school girls were apparently poisoned in a gas attack as they sat in school this week.
and previously in may.
and last year.
always girls schools.
but they keep going to school, believing fervently in the value of education, their right to knowledge.
they are braver than i will ever be.