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THE RESILIENCE OF SNOWFLAKES

Today’s youth have been characterized as “snowflakes” lacking resilience, despite evidence to the contrary

Every September, as the first day of school approaches, I spend a lot of time thinking about darkness. Perhaps other teachers would say the same, jokingly. But I teach a high school course on trauma literature. So the question of darkness—of how much trauma to expose my students to, and why I’m doing it—is, very sincerely, on my mind.

My students have been stereotyped as too fragile for difficult literature, too desirous of trigger

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