by Tom McLaughlin
“Are you planning to debate abortion in class?” asked our new principal. We were standing in the hallway near my classroom.
“Yes,” I said.
“Don’t,” she said.
“Because…” She paused, seeming surprised that I would question her. “Because eighth graders are too young to discuss it.”
“But we’ve debated it several times the past couple of years and they’ve handled it quite well,” I said.