Because of budget cuts, I am the only Spec Ed parapro at our school this year, and I am spread a little thin. I’m not complaining; I am very grateful to have a job. The situation leaves no time for Star Wars Club, however, and I miss it sorely.
You see, in my environment, there are not many adults that love fantasy as much as I do, including Star Wars. My peer group is the 9-, 10-, and 11-year olds that I work with at school everyday. These guys love Star Wars. They read the books, collect the figures, and build the Legos. They teach me all about the Clone Wars cartoons, and I teach them about New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi all of which fall a little before their time. One of them asked me today if I have ever been to a Star Wars convention. Have I ever been?! Can anyone say Dragoncon? It’s one of the largest con’s in the country right here in Atlanta. There I get not only Star Wars, but my beloved Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, Star Trek and Firefly. There’s also Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. And Hunger Games. And Lost in Space. And Quantum Leap. And…well, you get the picture.
I’ll wax on about Dragoncon later, but back to my kids. They ask me for it everyweek, even though we haven’t had it all year. Some have asked for a Hobbit club as well; I think I might have been able to split the time. It’s a real shame because kids are starving for heroes and heroic literature. They soak it up like sponges. Just look at the bestseller lists and you will see. The emphasis on being real and practical–and making sure all education is application-oriented–is robbing us of our great thinkers and visionaries. Never fear, I will continue to do my best to give the world it’s next generation of super heroes and space jockeys. The universe is theirs for the taking.