Thanks Rebecca. I often had children and teenagers ask me why I cared. The first time I was shocked, not understanding why the question, thinking they should understand why someone would become a teacher.
I remember one high school class in particular where thirty teenagers were surprised and skeptical that I was interested in their opinions. They collectively said that no teacher had ever asked, let alone listened without putting them down.
Absolutely! This is why we are dealing with so many homeless teenagers.