Thursday, February 11, 2016

When Teenagers Debate Abortion

by Tom McLaughlin
Crisis Magazine

“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.

“Why not?”

“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.

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Tom McLaughlin is a retired middle school social studies and history teacher who, for several years, has written an opinion column that appears in newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire and on several websites. He blogs at: Tom McLaughlin.

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