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The roar of history too loud to ignore

It’s tough to be an English teacher on Election Night. What was I thinking? To lecture on writing arguments—to a class trying to argue me out of even having class? To use endorsements of McCain and Obama as examples of arguments that we could dissect, while the election was about to play out? ...Clacking of keyboards, faces hidden behind computer screens. A little of this is inevitable. Surfing the web, I figured... At the break, I asked who had their computers up, to check the election results. But they were way ahead of me. That's what they were doing online. Then one student announced that Obama had just been declared the winner. As we began to discuss the endorsements, another student talked about how she had been turned away from her voting place because her registration had been discounted. What point was there to continue class, when the roar of history was so loud outside our door? We left early.

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