This morning I read an article titled Tenn HS Students Brawl, Rip Down American Flag During Walkout Against ‘Gun Violence’ which contained a video of how some students resorted to less than peaceful behavior during a school walkout.
Later in the day I was passing a mall in Central Israel when a young girl stopped me and asked me if I would consent to write about a good deed I had done today on a bulletin board her school had placed in the shopping center. I agreed and saw that the board was titled "70 Good Deeds" which was a reference to Israel celebrating 70 years of independence in approximately a month's time. The girl handed me a candy that was attached to a slip of paper with a short biography of celebrated Israeli author Uri Orbach along with a poem about the Sabbath that he had composed.
I contemplated the contrast between the two school activities and wondered whether the school walkouts in America should have emphasized good deeds and respect for one another. This evening I found this letter addressed to American students. It was written by a retired teacher and is chock full of advice for them.